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How digital information may affect Orange County divorces

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2017 | Divorce |

In recent years, many spouses have turned to digital communications to help them with their divorces. Emails, text messages and posts to social media sites can contain information that may help an individual obtain custody of children or spousal support. In addition to being visible to social media friends, this data can be obtained through legal channels and may end up displayed in court.

As a result, people may want to be careful about their online communications if they are concerned that a divorce may be in their future. This could include making sure that a spouse does not have access to online accounts. To best achieve this, one should use a strong password that can’t easily be guessed.

If someone thinks that their spouse may already have access to an account, deleting everything in it may not be the best course of action. In some cases, this can make an individual look like they’re hiding something. Instead, one may want to change their account password or simply start a new account that is inaccessible to their spouse.

While there are many types of information gathering that are legal during a divorce, not everything is allowed. For instance, it’s illegal to open someone else’s mail. Further, not everything is necessarily admissible in court. Understanding how the law treats these matters can help someone determine the best method for collecting information about a spouse’s online activities and finances. A lawyer could explain these issues as well as how certain data may affect the outcome of their divorce.