Marital Trust & Privacy – A Family Law Attorney Knows Your Rights

One of the fundamental elements of a stable marriage is trust. Sometimes trust is broken by one bad choice, sometimes it is worn away over years of distance between spouses. When there is a lack of trust it takes time to rebuild and restore confidence in the other person. Insecurity and instability in a marriage may cause one partner to feel the need to spy on the other. If you are concerned that your spouse may be spying on you, a family law attorney can help you understand your privacy rights.

If you suspect your spouse is spying on you, it’s likely one or both of you have broken the foundation of trust. Merriam-Webster defines trust as “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed.”

You deserve your privacy. Don’ let someone else violate it. Contact The Alabama Law Group today to schedule a consultation.

It takes time, commitment and effort to rebuild trust, but it is possible. In the blog, “9 Steps to Rebuilding Trust in Marriage,” marriage expert and author Dave Willis outlines practical steps to help restore trust including:

  • Take responsibility for your actions.
  • Recognize that forgiveness might happen quickly, but trust happens slowly.
  • Be consistent in your words and actions.
  • Don’t keep secrets; secrecy is the enemy of intimacy.
  • Surround yourself with positive influences and remove yourself from negative influences.
  • Refuse to fall back into the same trust-breaking behavior.

If you find yourself in a place where you believe your spouse is spying on you and open communication about it is not possible, seeking professional help from a family law attorney may be beneficial. Your attorney can advise you on your legal options and rights regarding privacy.

While spying technology such as pinhole cameras and GPS tracking devices is not unheard of, it’s more likely that computers and cell phones are the means by which a spying spouse would gain information. According to, “There are several telltale signs that suggest your phone is being tracked, tapped or monitored in some way. The signs can be quite subtle but when you know what to look out for, they can also be glaring.”

Signs include:

  • Unusual sounds during calls
  • Phone shows activity when not in use
  • Phone takes a long time to shut down
  • Increased data usage gives these tips to prevent hacking and monitoring on phones, tablets and computers:

  • Always use a strong password or fingerprint recognition for your devices. Avoid pattern swiping – it’s easy to hack.
  • Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder when using a password.
  • Install anti-virus software and regularly run a cleaning app.
  • Disconnect from the Internet when not in use.

Invasion of Privacy

Discovering an invasion of privacy such as a spouse spying on you can be alarming, but it can also be an opportunity to address underlying issues and rebuild trust. The caring and compassionate family law attorneys at The Alabama Law Group are ready to walk with you through the process of understanding your rights in the event that your spouse is spying on you. Contact us today to set up a consultation.