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How to use the Internet during a divorce

There are a wide array of articles outlining what you should not do online during a divorce. Although it is wise to follow many of the tips in these guides, it is also important to note that there are some steps online that every individual going through a divorce should take. 

The first step overlaps with many of the "what not to do" lists: monitor your social media site. If you use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other online profile, double check privacy settings and make sure to avoid damaging posts. Review previous posts and remove anything that you may not want to share with the world, since these postings could show up in divorce court. If you have an account you share with a future ex, consider going separate. This applies not just to social media sites, but also to accounts like Amazon as well as banking and credit accounts. It is wise to run this by an attorney before officially cancelling.

When looking over these accounts, update passwords to something your ex does not know. A recent article in USA Today notes 67 percent of couples share at least one password. Changing access information can help increase privacy. Keep in mind that shared devices can have spyware. As a result, it is best to make these changes on a device that is yours and yours alone.

These are just a few ways that you can use technology to your advantage. Those going through a divorce are wise to reach out to an experienced divorce attorney. This legal professional will have more information on steps you can take to help better ensure the divorce proceeding goes as smoothly as possible. 

Source: USA Today, "Divorcing? 5 things to do online now," Kim Komando, July 11, 2014

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