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Posts from the ‘Spousal Spying’ Category

I know my spouse’s social media passwords. Is it okay to log on?

No. Generally speaking, you should not log on to your spouse’s social media accounts. One exception to that rule would be if you and your spouse shared social media accounts such as Facebook or Instagram, it may still be acceptable for you to use them.

However, if this is not the case, logging on may get you into trouble.

Even if you and your spouse knew each other’s passwords and often logged on to each other’s accounts, you are not entitled to continue doing so after your separation. If you are tempted... MORE »

I have reason to believe my spouse is lying about their income. Is looking at their financial documents spying?

If you would normally be able to access their documents in your normal day-to-day routine, this may not constitute spying.

If your spouse has left financial documents around the house or home office, you are allowed to make copies of these statements (as long as these are areas you would normally visit during your day).

However, the court may find that you were spying if you have gone out of your way to find and/or copy your spouse’s documents – even if you believe that they are lying about their finances. Frowned... MORE »

I feel like my spouse is spying on me. Is that allowed?

No. It is not okay for your spouse to be spying on you. If your spouse has been intentionally intruding on your privacy, you may be able to make a claim against them for “intrusion of seclusion.”

In order to prove this, you must show the court:

  1.   An unauthorized intrusion;
  2.  The intrusion was highly offensive to a reasonable person;
  3.  The matter intruded upon was private; and
  4.   The Intrusion caused anguish and suffering.

An intrusion of this nature could include an invasion into private affairs, as long is it was deliberate and significant.

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Can I get in trouble for spying on my spouse?

Yes, depending on what actions you have taken compared to your normal daily activities you may face civil action or even criminal charges for spying on your spouse.

If you are caught spying on your spouse intentionally or recklessly in a way that you should have known would result in discovering private information then your spouse may be able to make a civil claim against you for “intrusion upon seclusion”.

If you install spyware on a computer or other electronic device for the purpose of spying on your spouse then you could... MORE »

If I look at my spouse’s financial documents does that count as spying?

It will depend on the actions that you took in order to find your spouse’s documents. It is allowed to look at and make copies of account statements or other financial documents that you would be able to access in your normal day to day routine.

You can also make copies of account statements or other financial documents that you find lying around the house or in any other place you might normally go during your day. If you are required to take additional actions, such as opening up your spouse’s... MORE »