Scenarios of how technology can impact divorce:
Wife is seeing communications between husband and his paramour on child’s iPad because all the family devices are connected.
Husband is tracking wife to the hotel meeting with her paramour because he dropped a tracking device in her car or attached it to the bottom of her car with a magnet.
Husband’s girlfriend is posting photos on Facebook of herself with his 2 year old as if it is her child.
Technology Tips when getting a divorce:
If someone is getting a divorce, they should take steps to protect their personal information and their whereabouts.
This could include:
- Changing passwords for accounts and apps that are linked to the phone. This includes all emails and iCloud account.
- Backing up important data, such as contacts, photos, and documents.
- Removing any apps or accounts that are linked to the spouse.
- Reviewing privacy settings on social media and email accounts, adjusting them as necessary.
- Removing any apps or services that could be used to track location.
- Reviewing call and message logs to ensure that there is no sensitive information that could be used against them in the divorce proceedings.
Additionally, it's a good idea to consult with an attorney to understand any legal implications regarding the use of a phone and digital communication during a divorce. You CANNOT start scrubbing/deleting your Facebook account, your prior posts, etcetera, in anticipation of litigation without getting in trouble with the Court. That is called spoliation and is not allowed. It’s better not to make an inflammatory post at all.
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