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Keeping electronic communications safe during divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2016 | Divorce

When a Michigan couple heads for divorce, the process can cause anger and resentment especially if there are accusations of infidelity or other wrongdoing. Even if neither party is accused of anything sordid, it is still becoming increasingly more common for family law attorneys to use electric communications and online activity as potential evidence during the divorce process. This may include emails, posts on social media accounts and text messages.

Part of the reason that internet activity and electronic communications are becoming more used during divorces is that they can often be part of the cause. In fact, if the divorce is already underway, it is likely that the other party has already delved into them. Unfortunately, binge-deleting communications, photos and posts can potentially indicate that the person did something wrong, resulting in more harm than good. With that being said, there are still steps that can be taken.

First, those who are going through a divorce should restrict their online activity. This includes either deactivating their accounts or not posting about the divorce, any new relationships and money spending. Changing passwords and security questions on phones and computers can also help. Opening a new email account that the estranged spouse does not know about can make some electronic communication safer.

When people who are facing the end of a marriage suspect that their estranged partner cheated or is hiding money, Oakland County, Michigan divorce attorneys may delve into internet activity and electronic communications to find evidence. This evidence may potentially have an impact on the divorce itself. For example, if there is evidence that a former spouse was hiding money or other assets, the other spouse may be granted some of the assets that were being hidden. Otherwise, the attorneys may work to reach a divorce settlement as quickly as possible.