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Question: “How can I get a court order for text messages? My husband has been cheating on me and I want to get a copy of the text messages”
Answer: Assuming the content of the text messages is even retrievable (i.e. they may be lost forever once deleted), you would need a court order to get them from the phone company. In order to get such a court order, there has to be a lawsuit of some kind (i.e. a divorce in your case), and the text messages would need to be relevant to the case (and they would if they can help prove adultery – assuming adultery is being alleged).
So, you first need to file for divorce, and then request an order from the judge directed to the phone company that compels the phone company to disclose the text messages.
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Unfortunately, the answer is no. The phone company won’t turn them over without a court order, and you can’t get a court order unless there’s a pending lawsuit and the text messages are relevant to the case. The only lawsuit I can think of that you could file where the text messages would be relevant is a divorce. I wish I had better news with regard to that.
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