Going through a divorce is always distressing, but sometimes a bad situation becomes even worse when your spouse or other parties invade your privacy during this sensitive time. Between personal matters becoming the subject of public records and the possibility of a contentious spouse accessing information and accounts to undermine your desired outcome in the divorce, it may feel like your life is no longer your own.
In this age of digital information, it’s easier than it once was for people to access your private information, and during a contentious divorce, this could be manipulated and used against you. It’s important to begin protecting your information and maintaining privacy from the moment you decide that divorce is inevitable in your situation. Failing to safeguard your private interactions could have a negative impact on your future financial situation, peace of mind, and even child custody.
As soon as you and your spouse separate, it’s important to change your passwords on all of your personal accounts. First, open your own checking and savings accounts. Ask a Chandler family law attorney how they recommend you handle closing out joint accounts or removing your name or your spouse’s name. Then do the following:
Maybe long after the dust settles on the divorce you and your ex-spouse can be civil and even become friends again—which is the best-case scenario when you co-parent children together—but emotions become heated during divorce and even good people do regrettable things.
Finally, disable any tracking apps that you might have shared with your spouse that lets them track your location.
Even if you normally receive your mail at home and you’re staying in the family home during and after the divorce, consider getting a post office box and using it for all divorce-related documents and important communications you wish to keep private. If you are the spouse who moved out of the marital home, be sure to change your address as soon as possible so important documents aren’t sent to the address where your spouse now lives.
Unfortunately, much of the information exchanged during divorce proceedings becomes a matter of public record. Anything your spouse alleges against you in their attempts to gain custody of the children or to keep you from taking your fair share of the marital assets could later come back to haunt you in your career or personal life even if the allegations are untrue.
Ask your attorney to protect your privacy in every way possible including:
Keep in mind that any underhanded tactics your spouse uses against you may cause the judge to look at them disfavorably in court. However, protecting sensitive and private information during this emotionally fraught time can help prevent challenging legal situations from adding to the stress of the divorce process.