Technology today has revolutionized every aspect of our modern life. As such, the amount of personal and sensitive information we share online continues to grow. For those going through, or considering a divorce, protecting your online data is even more critical. Financial records and other forms of electronic data are all admissible during divorce proceedings. Here are several useful tips to consider if you, or someone you know is undergoing any Family Law dispute.
- Change your passwords – This seems simple enough to remember, but remembering to change passwords for email addresses, financial records, apps, photo backups, calendars and even social media accounts are all to often overlooked. Not only will changing your passwords help to protect your accounts and privacy, doing so will ensure you no longer remain logged in on a home computer or other shared device.
- Create a new email address – For some having a shared email address helps to coordinate and communicate effectively. During a separation however, maintaining your own email address is a must. Personal email today is often used to maintain privileged and confidential communication with your attorney, doctor, or other expert you may correspond with electronically. Moreover, you will certainly need your own post-separation, so be sure not to overlook this step.
- Be Mindful on Social Media – This seems like good advice for anyone, but being mindful of what you say or post during any Family Law action can have serious consequences. Consider your audience before posting and although it may be tempting to do otherwise, never post regarding details of your divorce before it is final. Even then, exercising restraint may be a good idea particularly for parents with minor children who might stumble upon something posted online.
Be sure to follow these tips and be mindful of your digital footprint during and even after a Divorce. For more advice, connect with an experienced Family Law Attorney and schedule a consultation to discuss your options in Divorce.