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Does electronic communication pose an issue during a divorce?

| Jan 27, 2020 | Divorce |

Nowadays, electronic communication is among the most popular forms. Almost everyone is on social media. The question that a lot of divorce couples forget to ask is how an online presence and social media affect a divorce? It is not uncommon for people to disregard the impact that their social media presence can have on the breakup.

Your significant other could try to dig through your social media accounts to discredit your case or what you may ask for throughout the divorce. For instance, he or she could make a case for frivolous spending or adultery through evidence picked up on social media. Forbes has a few suggestions on how to use electronic communication wisely.

First and foremost, make sure that you change all of your social media passwords. If your spouse has your passwords, he or she can access your accounts. Likewise, you should create a new email account to conduct your personal business, particularly if you connected it to your spouse’s email.

While it may be convenient to have all of your devices connected, you may want to consider disconnecting your devices. For instance, if you have your phone connected to your television or a desktop computer connected to other devices and your spouse has control of any of those devices, then he or she may have access to personal information.

Another tip is to limit your time on social media entirely. During a divorce, you may have monitoring what you say on social media and what information you hand out to others. You do not want your spouse or his or her legal team to be able to use anything against you.

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