Divorce lawyers find GPS useful

May 26, 2009 at 3:57 PM

CHICAGO, May 26 (UPI) -- GPS, or global position system tracking has become a useful tool to catch cheating spouses, U.S. divorce lawyers and private detectives say.

"You can sit out there for four days, and nothing might happen," Paul Ciolino, a private investigator, told the Chicago Sun-Times. "If I have someone out there at $120 an hour for 14 hours a day and nothing happens, that gets expensive. But if the GPS says the car is going to a location every Thursday at 2, now you can go take a look."

Global positioning systems now cost less than $1,000 for the cheaper models. One big advantage in divorce cases is that someone who owns a vehicle can conceal a GPS device in the glove compartment or other hiding place legally.

Enrico Mirabelli, a divorce lawyer who began using GPS tracking less than a year ago, said that he now rarely obtains electronic toll-pass information because GPS is so much more detailed.

Last year, divorce lawyers were surveyed, and 88 percent reported using more information obtained electronically, including GPS and toll-pass data and records of computer use.

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