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Criminal charges play a role in high conflict divorce case

Virtually every Florida spouse knows of at least one couple who went through a highly contentious divorce. In some cases, however, the level of discord reaches unusual heights, and the end of a marriage brings about criminal charges. The recent media coverage of a noted surgeon and his attempts to spy on his wife prove an excellent example of how a high conflict divorce can quickly get out of hand.

The doctor in question is a well-known cancer surgeon who has been in practice for more than 20 years. He has been published numerous times, and is currently working as the head of surgical oncology at a major hospital. However, in his personal life he has failed to demonstrate the same level of reason and logic that has served him so well in his professional life.

He was married to a physician assistant who worked with him at another hospital, but that union ended in divorce. At some point, the surgeon engaged the services of a hospital IT analyst to spy on his former spouse. The two installed software on the woman’s computer and then proceeded to monitor her every keystroke and page view. They are now facing felony criminal charges, which could render a devastating blow to their professional lives.

For those in Florida who are going through a high conflict divorce, this case can serve as a cautionary tale. Angry spouses can go to great lengths to gain access to private information about their current or former spouses. In addition, the software programs available today make computer hacking incredibly easy, and difficult for the average user to detect. Anyone who believes that they have been subjected to this type of illegal monitoring should take their computer to a tech expert to determine if their security has been compromised. In addition, a divorce attorney can give some insight into what avenues of legal recourse may be available.

Source:, Noted surgeon accused of hacking ex-wife’s computer during divorce, Tyler Rudick, Jan. 8, 2014