Evidence taken from phones soars in marital break-up cases.
A survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has revealed that 92 per cent have seen an increase in the number of cases using evidence taken from smartphones during the past three years.
And 94 per cent of have cited an rise in the use of text messages as evidence during the same time period.
Text messages are the most used form of evidence at 62 per cent, followed by e-mails at 23 per cent, phone numbers and call histories at 13 per cent and GPS/Internet search histories sharing one per cent.
"As smart phones and text messaging become main sources of communication during the course of each day, there will inevitably be more and more evidence that an estranged spouse can collect," said Ken Altshuler, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
"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."
ME advises philandering readers to buy a £10 'shag phone' and keep it in a safe place. And if playing away is discovered, chuck it in the canal.