Thanks to device-syncing technology, many couples in Ohio and elsewhere own phones, tablets and computers that share personal information, such as user names and passwords, with each other. When going through the divorce process, this technology has made it easier for spouses to access each other’s accounts and use information contained within against each other. In a recent article published by CNBC, family law attorneys suggest un-syncing devices and changing passwords in order to keep personal information protected during and after a divorce.
Technology is meant to make life easier. In the throes of divorce, though, people often fail to consider how it can make things worse for them. In the same news article as mentioned above, one attorney told of a woman who was adamant about not changing her email password. Throughout her divorce, her spouse was reading her emails, including the ones to and from her legal counsel, which gave him a leg up when negotiating their settlement.
No one wants to think that their spouse would be devious enough to access their personal accounts, but it happens all too often. One never knows just how far his or her spouse will be willing to go when trying to get a better settlement or just cause pain. The dissolution process certainly does not bring out the best in people.
Divorce is difficult enough without having to worry about a soon-to-be ex accessing and using one’s personal account information. Ohio residents who are considering divorce, who are just starting the divorce process or who have been working on the dissolution of their marriages for some time can help themselves by protecting their information now. Along with un-syncing devices and changing passwords, a family law attorney can provide information on other steps one can take to protect personal information.