Why is it important to ensure a separate digital life in a San Diego divorce? It is quite common in this digital age for families to share online accounts. However, in a divorce these shared connections can be a genuine cause for concern. Digital information can damage your standing in many matters in a divorce including but not limited to child custody and parenting time as well as the division of marital assets.
For example, many phone plans are shared within a household. If you are planning the end of your marriage or have recently filed for divorce one of the first things you should consider is separating your own cell phone from any existing family plan. The second immediate concern is any shared Wi-Fi password or cloud-related backup plan within the household.
Those who are getting a divorce or those who are approaching or who have reached the “Date of Separation” should take precautions to ensure a separate digital life in a San Diego divorce. Having access to a former spouse’s Apple ID, for example, exposes everything from location data to browsing patterns and history, email, photos and even e-mail.
A recent news item in England revealed the process a woman used to expose her partner for cheating when his Fitbit sent notification to their shared account of a 500 calorie burn between 2 a.m and 3 a.m. Shared account data can be used to collect damaging information which could be admissible as evidence in your divorce.
It is also important to exercise prudence when accessing accounts of another person. It is quite easy to actually violate the law which not only prevents the evidence from being admissible, it expose the violator to civil and criminal liability.
Be extremely cautious about all forms of communication, especially e-mails, texts and voicemails. All of these can be used against your interests during a divorce proceeding. Give serious consideration to changing login and password information for all of your personal online accounts.
This is why it is so important to seek the advice and counsel of the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq. Our attorneys provide sound guidance on legal strategies to gather important documentation and evidence. We can also help you to avoid taking actions which might put important evidence and your legal rights at risk.
Take steps to ensure a separate digital life in a San Diego divorce. Protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.