By Quentin Fottrell
Experts say it’s bad form to break up via text. “Just because it’s easy, doesn’t make it right,” RoAne says. Trying to resolve a dispute by text or email can also make matters worse if the words are misconstrued and, worse, could be admissible in court as evidence during divorce proceedings, according to a recent study.
Text messages can also be used against you as evidence in divorce cases. Hess does not recommend sending a text or email to anyone – particularly a soon-to-be ex-wife or husband. “If you really need to get something off your chest, pick up the phone,” she says. Some 92% of attorneys surveyed by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers said they’ve seen a rise in recent years in the number of divorce cases that use evidence from smartphones; 94% of them involved texts. “Text messages can be particularly powerful forms of evidence during a divorce case, because they are written records of someone’s thoughts, actions and intentions,” according to Ken Altshuler, president of the AAML.
Kelli B. Grant contributed to this story.