Emails acceptable evidence?

Dear JohnDoe:

Greetings. Yes, you may be able to get the IM conversation admitted in court. I would always suggest that someone hire a PI to find out of their spouse was cheating if they may have an alimony or equitable distribution claim.

Adultery is a bar for a dependent spouse trying to receive alimony. Hope that helps.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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My wife admitted to adultery on Instant messenger sessions to me when we were at our places of work and she stated that she would not be ‘stupid’ to admit this in court. Is that IM conversation admisible in court?

Also,does adultery totally diminish alimony claims or does it only reduce it? My spouse was the dependant spouse but I left when she admitted to cheating.

Lastly, since I know my wife is going with someone, would hiring a PI be a wise decision and how much does it usually cost to hire one, if I want her monitored over a one month period?