Chicago Divorce Lawyer Russell Knight Discusses the Role of Text Messages in a Divorce

Chicago divorce lawyer Russell Knight releases a new article ( that discusses the role of text messages in an Illinois divorce. The lawyer mentions that communication is very important in the present day. Text messaging is one of the newest technological advances of the 21st century and nowadays, people rely a lot on text messaging to reach out to others.

“Text messaging is commonplace and often is preferred to talking directly on the phone. However, sending a text message creates a permanent record of your words and can potentially be used for an adverse purpose,” says the Chicago divorce lawyer.

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The lawyer explains that text messages as evidence are becoming quite common in domestic relations cases. Messages are often entered into a court proceeding as evidence in order to prove certain words were said by one party to another. Usually, text messages are presented as screenshots or provided by the cell phone carrier through a subpoena.

Attorney Russell Knight explains that there are two ways to obtain a spouse’s text message. One is through sending a letter to the cell phone carrier that explains the need to preserve the text message for a divorce case. The attorney can also subsequently send a subpoena for the relevant message for a certain period of time.

In the article, attorney Russell Knight adds that another way to obtain a spouse’s text message is to issue discovery which is a legal request for documents in Illinois divorces and Illinois parentage actions that are typically issued during the course of litigation.

According to the divorce lawyer, “In my experience, requesting text messages can often be a double-edged sword. The person that requests text messages can also have their own text messages requested. So take great care to ensure that your text messages do not subsequently implicate you in some kind of misbehavior.”

Lastly, the lawyer emphasizes the importance of having a divorce lawyer when it comes to matters such as obtaining text messages as evidence in a divorce process. Having an experienced lawyer may be able to help the client understand their rights and receive a favorable outcome.

About The Law Office of Russell Knight

The Law Office of Russell D. Knight was established in 2009 by the divorce attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer’s love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Russell is a licensed lawyer throughout Florida and Illinois. The attorney has a legal practice in both states and employs an entire staff of paralegals and attorneys in the two states of Chicago, Illinois, and Naples, Florida. Contact them today at (773) 334-6311.


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