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I live in Colorado and my husband tape recorded an argument…

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I live in Colorado...

I live in Colorado and my husband tape recorded an argument without my knowledge and later told me and says he will use it in court. He only recorded my portion after he verbally abused me. Is this admissible in court?

Lawyer's Assistant: Can you tell me what state this is in? And has the behavior been documented in any way?

That tape was in spring of this year and we are separated and there is a restraining order. I live in colorado

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

I am trying to find one

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 10 months ago
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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 10 months ago

Good morning,

Colorado is a "one party" consent state, meaning so long as one party to the conversation consents to the recording (in this case, him) it is legal to record it, even if he doesn't ask (and you could do the same to him). While this is admissible in court, you/your lawyer would have the right to question him on the circumstances of the recording, e.g., what happened before the recording, what led to the conversation being had, etc.

Often times, parties aren't so much interested in using the tapes in court as they are as trying to use it as leverage against another party to try and settle a matter in lieu of it being played.

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Family Lawyer: RobertJDFL, Lawyer replied 10 months ago

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