An article on law.com discusses a case in New York in which the spouse was able to use emails from her husband's account as evidence that he was attempting to involuntarily impoverish himself. It makes a HUGE difference in how evidence is obtained....in this case, the wife logged into his email account, using the password he provided her with, and downloaded the emails. The key here is that he gave her the password and had apparently never changed it when the relationship went sour. The result would have been quite different had she stolen the password, possibly subjecting her to criminal prosecution and the evidence not being admissible. This is an area of the law that is very state-specific and complicated. Readers are cautioned to check with an experienced attorney before taking any action intercepting electronic information. With proper planning, this information can be found through proper and legal means such as subpoenas and/or hard drive imaging.