More and more, couples in Ohio and elsewhere are playing the role of a spy in their divorce cases. Nationwide, lawyers have seen an increased use of technology in cases of divorce, from video and voice recording to GPS tracking. And though it may be an invasion of privacy, some individuals have been able to expose poor parenting styles and have regained rights to child custody in the process.

It is suspected that the emergence of this spying trend is primarily due to the relative cheapness of most do-it-yourself spy and surveillance equipment. It's not hard for a parent to slip a voice recorder into a child's clothing or favorite toy before the child goes to visit the other parent.

Taking it a step further, one father even placed tape recorders in his ex-wife's home and car in order to watch her every move. As a result, the ex-wife lost custody of all five of their children. The recordings uncovered her temper problems.

In 38 states across the country, it is perfectly legal to secretly record in public, but individuals should know that this is not the case everywhere. One mother was fined $10,000 for violating wire-tapping laws, and the evidence gained by the recordings was ultimately disregarded in court. Technology can often be helpful in revealing which parent is truly honoring the best interests of the child in a child custody agreement. Facebook, internet records, cell phones and other devices help with this evaluation. However, Ohio parents considering these methods would benefit from being fully aware of privacy laws before initiating this strategy.

Source: ABC News, "Spouses Use Spy Tools to Get Custody of Children," Jim Avila, May 3, 2012