Call Recording in Divorce The high rate of divorce in the US is well-known. From 2006 to 2009, divorces increased almost 28%, to 1.3 million. Because divorces almost always involve emotional conflict, there is often a desire by one or both spouses to “get the upper hand” in the process. There can be any number of reasons for this, from negotiating support payments to child custody arrangements. And because people are flawed creatures, there are many opportunities to “get the upper hand”. For example, estimates suggest that 15% - 20% of divorces are caused by infidelity and that 22% of married men and 14% of married women have had at least one affair during their marriage. Catching the cheating spouse obviously provides a lot of emotional and even legal leverage, depending on the state you live in. Other examples include child abuse or neglect, drug or alcohol use and gambling. One way some spouses have chosen to prove their partner’s misbehavior is with phone recording devices. By taping phone calls, these people hope to document their spouse’s bad behavior. Once they have the incriminating recording, they can use it either as evidence or just by threatening to expose their partner. The recordings might be on a shared home telephone, the other spouse’s mobile phone or their personal phone when they are talking to their soon-to-be ex.
No one knows how many divorcing spouses record their home telephone calls, but there is good reason to believe it could be a lot. We’ve counted over 200 different phone recording devices and services sold for recording phone calls - and that’s just in the US. Very few of the companies selling recorders give statistics, but one that does says they’ve sold over 50,000 recorders. Multiply 200 times 50,000 and that comes to 10 million. By one estimate, over 150 billion telephone calls are recorded in the US each year. And divorce is clearly a motivating factor for some folks to record their calls. One website that claims to get over 700,000 hits per year has a large percentage of its postings from people in divorce situations who are either taping phone calls, or asking about the recordings that their spouses are doing. All of the reasons above (infidelity, child custody, support payments) are cited as motivators. In fact, some people even record their calls as a defensive tactic when they suspect that their calls are being recorded by the other spouse.
Should you record your calls if you’re in a divorce situation? Only you can answer that question, and much of the answer will depend on how you would use the information you get. Most states allow you to record any of your own calls without informing the other party, but some - including big states like
California - require that both parties know the call is being recorded. So do your research before you start recording. If you do decide to record your calls, an excellent choice for that is RecordingMagic. RecordingMagic uses your internet connection to tap your phone line, then sends that signal to professionallymanaged recording equipment equal to what call centers use. Your recordings are encrypted and stored in virtually unlimited, bomb-proof storage with 24-hour guards and other security protections. And despite all these extras, RecordingMagic is actually less expensive than recorders with less capabilities. For More Information Visit
Published on May 13, 2012