5 Ways to Handle Electronic Data During a Divorce

Divorces are intrinsically very tricky situations. At a time where most, if not all people, rely heavily on electronic data and communications, this added dimension throws in some extra challenges for couples facing divorce, as well as the legal system that adjudicates it. When relationships are made and broken through texts, emails, and social media posts, it’s important to be informed on the many ways you can secure your electronic data.

Secure Your Social Media Activity

Social media only makes it too easy for your soon-to-be-ex-spouse to find information to take against you. Unsightly photos, outspoken status updates, and suspicious online relations – all of these can be found in your online profiles. It takes no effort to document these things before you even have the chance to delete them, but you could never run out of damage reduction and preventative measures.

For Facebook, you can run through your list of friends and weed out those who don’t have your full confidence. You have the option of changing the privacy settings of all your existing and future posts, as well.

For Twitter and Instagram, you may likewise screen your followers list, and set your profile to private. While these are all fantastic ways to keep your privacy online, it’s still best that you exercise prudence and self-control in all your future online activity.

Secure Your Online Accounts

Many couples trust each other enough to share passwords to their email addresses and social media accounts. Whether or not your once-marriage falls under this category, your passwords are nonetheless at risk as there are other means of acquiring them. You may want to change all your passwords, refrain from using the same password across multiple accounts, and reset your password retrieval questions.

Review Your Shared Applications

Man mobile applications like gallery apps, cloud storage accounts, online messengers, and calendars offer syncing services that automatically downloads content into other linked devices. This means that if you and your ex-spouse have any such shared apps, you might want to block their access.

Start Over

If you’ve tried the previous solutions, yet still don’t feel like you’ve got it all covered, you can always start with a clean slate. Do your best to deactivate and delete the accounts that you can (some services don’t allow account deletion though), and make sure you remember to inform your colleagues, clients, and superiors of these changes.

Moreover, you may also want to publicly denounce any future activity from your discontinued accounts. If you suspect that your ex-spouse has access to an email account hosted by your employer, you should contact your IT department for consultation.

Prior to permanently removing or deleting anything, make sure that you comply with all applicable Standing Orders for the particular country your case is pending in. Many counties have what is called a “Standing Order” that attaches when a new divorce case is filed. A standing order are enforceable rules that apply automatically in all cases involving Divorce, Child Custody or Child Support, without the need for hearing, as soon as the case is filed. They are in a sense, automatic injunctions that apply upon filing with the Court.

Get Legal Counsel

There are many illegal ways to acquire electronic information. If you suspect your ex-spouse of engaging in these activities or if you just want to be made aware of any such activities, approach your attorney in consultation. Not only will you be protecting yourself, but by keeping your attorney informed, you may also potentially render evidence against you inadmissible.

If you or a loved one going through a divorce talk to the family law lawyer of the Lyttle Law Firm. Schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer by calling our offices at 512.215.5225.

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