Is your privacy protected during a divorce?
Divorce can turn your life upside down. Everything from marital indiscretions to your personal finances can be put under a microscope and discussed during this process, and it can feel quite intrusive.
However, there are several steps you can take to protect your privacy.
One of the most effective ways to keep details of your divorce private is to resolve as many related matters as possible through mediation. These sessions are confidential, as opposed to court records available to the public.
Mediation also allows parties to retain more control over their agreements, making the process more amicable.
Keeping your split private and cooperative can be especially crucial for parties in the public eye, business owners and those with significant assets to divide.
Update your accounts
You likely have many accounts that your ex had access to or knew the passwords to. Think about:
- Bank accounts
- Email and social media accounts
- Computer passwords
- Photo, movie and music libraries
- Subscription services
- Membership accounts (e.g., country clubs, golf clubs and gyms)
These accounts can all require your attention to change contact details and accessibility. If you do not update these accounts, your ex could access them to take money, spread private information and keep tabs on you.
You could be sharing more information with your ex and other parties than you think if you have smart home devices and other smart technology.
To protect yourself, consider disconnecting or changing access measures to:
- Home security systems
- Smart speakers like an Amazon Echo
- Smart thermostats and lights
- Video doorbells
- Smart TVs
- GPS trackers on cars, phones and tablets
Angry or vengeful parties can attempt to use these devices to spy on a person. They might do so to prove the other person is lying, spending time with certain people or going specific places. Therefore, making sure an ex no longer has access to these devices is crucial.
Keep the details to yourself
The easiest way sensitive information can come out during a divorce is for individuals to share them themselves.
Thus, in addition to these measures, anyone wishing to protect their privacy would be wise to only discuss details with their attorney.