1 in 5 people use spy gear on their spouse before divorcing them: report

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I spy with my little eye.

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Upgrades in surveillance technology has played a vital role in spouses spying on their partners prior to divorcing, the New York Post reports.

Maguire Family Law, a divorce firm in the UK, found that 20% of exes spied on their partners before they ended their marriages. According to their data, they found one in five out of their 400 clients used surveillance tactics on their significant others.

“Back then it was VHS or camcorders, but nowadays it’s much easier,” one anonymous lawyer at Maguire told the Independent.

“Spouses use tracking devices, dashes cams, and are putting spying software on mobile phones,” explained James Maguire, the firm’s managing director, who called the methods “quite sophisticated” and said he suspected his experience is “just the tip of the iceberg.”

Surveillance expert Roger Bescoby, director of Conflict International, said that the tools used to spy are easy to find.

“In terms of where we’ve found devices, the list is endless,” he said, telling the Independent that cars, in particular, are “increasingly prime targets.” More “unusual” hiding spots have included plush toys, a box of cereal, and a model boat, he claimed.

Maguire added that more men than women are willing to overstep their partner’s trust. He also noted that since it's common for women to have higher positions in the workplace, many husbands have struggled to “accept” their wives’ absence.

“It seems to be a default position in some but not all men, therefore, that there must be an affair,” Maguire said.

Women also have been reported to spy on their partners, but more often “to actually protect themselves,” Maguire shared, such as recording for evidence of domestic abuse.

Regardless of who initiated the surveillance, the end result of spying on a partner who turns out to be innocent of any wrongdoing doesn't usually end well.

“For both parties, the outcome is always negative,” he said.

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