The Internet and social media are playing an ever-increasing role in our lives. For some, it is their primary mode of communication with family and friends. Throw in text messages and you have a massive amount of communication, all seemingly forever engraved in the digital world. Although the digital has made life easier for many of us, for those going through a divorce stored communications and public online postings can make for a messy situation.
When a divorce is hotly contested, one side may dig through the other spouse's email, social media postings, and text messages in hopes of uncovering evidence that can be used against him or her. One spouse may be looking for signs of unfaithfulness, evidence of the existence of additional marital assets, or even admissions with regard to one's relationship with his or her children. Sometimes this digging is illegal, but there are many times when digging for dirt is fair game.
Therefore, those who are going through a divorce need to be sure to protect themselves as fully as possible. This means restricting online activity, changing email and social media passwords, creating new email accounts, and retaining control over mobile devices. This will hopefully limit the other spouse's access to information and protect an individual through the divorce process.
Divorce, though it may seem like a generic process, is very fact specific. Depending on a couple's unique set of circumstances, different legal issues can arise. This is why it is often critical for these individuals to discuss their cases with a family law attorney of their choosing. By having an advocate on their side, these individuals may be able to put forth stronger cases and increase their chances of reaching a favorable outcome.
Source: Forbes, "How Is Electronic Data Handled In Divorce?" Jeff Landers, Dec. 22, 2016