Don’t let technology set you back during divorce

By |2022-04-04T17:04:29+00:0011 Jan 2013|Categories: Divorce, Family Law, Tips|

Don’t let technology set you back during divorce

Many Californians find technology indispensable in their daily lives, using it in communication and connections and for information and entertainment. The digital age offers us convenience and instantaneous connection through Smartphones, iPads, laptops and digital apps. This accessibility may sound good but it may also have its own disadvantages when it comes to divorce and family law.

For people seeking divorce, the convenience and accessibility of technology can become a pitfall and something that can be used against them. Mobile phones and devices have the ability to show a person’s whereabouts at any time, so spouses seeking separation and divorce should avoid devices and applications that will allow them to be tracked, at least during the divorce process.

Divorce seekers should also avoid using Apple’s iCloud. This service allows a user to access and store text messages and emails easily from many different devices. Because iCloud can be shared by other family members, information is accessible to others — including spouses.

Any device such as an iPad or a desktop computer that is subject to property division should also not be connected with a person’s cellphone.

No technology device should carry personal information before the divorce process begins. Personal browsing history or credit card information can be used against a spouse during divorce proceedings.

Finally, passwords can be a problem. Some couples typically share passwords with each other, so anyone splitting from a partner should change passwords to stop former spouses from reading or tracking emails and online calendars. Automatically stored passwords on social media sites should also be removed.

Individuals who are planning to divorce should consider the role technology has in their lives and make changes that will help lead to a smooth settlement. A family law professional can also offer information on how to best navigate these and other issues.

Source: Huffington Post, “Top Ten Technology Tips When You Are Going Through a Divorce,” Deborah S. Chames, Dec. 26, 2012

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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