Tips for Handling Electronic Data in a Divorce
In today’s digital-heavy age, it has become increasingly likely that electronic assets will become subject to a review during the divorce process. To that end, it’s important to think about what will happen to your emails, texts, Facebook posts, Tweets and other electronic communications and data.
You might consider having your legal team dig into your social media posts and electronic communications before your spouse’s attorney has the chance to do so. However, this can only do so much — going on a mass deletion spree likely will not reflect well on you in the eyes of the court. There are some steps you can take to mitigate the potential damage your online data could cause:
- Limit your online activity: You might consider deactivating your social media profiles or simply scaling back how much you post and the types of things you share. Never post anything about new relationships, spending or anything that could reflect poorly on you in a divorce case.
- Change your passwords and security questions: These steps will help you to ensure your spouse will not be able to access your accounts.
- Use a brand-new email account: You will likely want to change your email address at some point anyway, especially if you plan on changing your name back to your maiden name. You might as well get ahead and use a new address to conduct your personal business that you know will be inaccessible to your spouse.
- Tighten privacy settings whenever possible: If you do continue to use social media, make sure you limit the people who can see the things you are posting.
- Control devices and storage: If you share devices or cloud storage accounts with your spouse, make sure you keep control of them as much as possible. It can also be a good idea to turn off location tracking functionality.
For more tips on handing online and electronic data as you move through the divorce process, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates.