No one wants to believe their soon-to-be ex-spouse would act out of malice as they move through the divorce process. However, the two of you used to share just about everything – bank accounts, bills, computers and other tech, and much more – which means if you haven’t yet secured your stuff, your ex could have the ability to access it. It’s important to talk with your lawyer about protecting your privacy.
Maybe at first glance, you don’t think there’s anything you would mind your ex seeing. Think harder. What about your Facebook profile or messages? Are you still using the same bank account the two of you once shared? Can your ex see your bank statements? Consider the three actions below to start thinking about the aspects of your privacy that could use an update.
- Your passwords and privacy settings. Who can see what you post, share, and like? Sign in and adjust the settings accordingly. Even if you and your ex didn’t share devices, it’s a good idea to update your passwords for everything you typically access online, just in case your login info was saved on a device that he or she could be using.
- Your posting habits. Think carefully before posting photos and information about yourself online. Would you want the judge or your ex’s attorney to see it and use it during the divorce? When in doubt, don’t post.
- Your incoming finances. During divorce, it’s acceptable to open a bank account and/or lines of credit only you can see to protect your finances. But transparency is key. You’ll be expected to share information about these new accounts with the court during your divorce.
As you think of areas of your life that could use better security, it’s critical tackle them right away. No matter the state of your relationship with your ex, it’s your prerogative to protect yourself. If you think your ex might be accessing your private information and you’re unsure how to handle the issue, contact your lawyer right away. We’ve seen countless situations involving privacy issues during divorce, and we can help you take the correct action.
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