If messy celebrity breakups have taught us anything it’s the value of privacy. In today’s world it’s especially hard to come by but during a divorce you want to do your best to control the information that is available to the public. Here are a few tips to help you keep your private life private:
Avoid social media.
It’s too easy to vent to the internet. When you’re going through a contentious divorce, take a step away from this particular temptation. The last thing you need is for simple posts to be twisted and used against you. Along these same lines, it’s important not to delete anything you’ve already posted. A court could read this as tampering with evidence, making your case even tougher to argue.
Change your passwords.
If your spouse has or has had access to your email, social media or any other online accounts, it’s time to change those passwords. If you’re the type of person who uses a variation of the same password for every account—change it. You should also take some time to make sure you’ve turned off any automatic uploading to shared online accounts. Sometimes it’s easier to simply start fresh with a new email account and a new phone all together.
Be careful in your conversations.
Of course you want to talk to someone close to you when you’re dealing with a difficult life change, but you should do so with caution. You never know what type of complications may arise. It’s best to let the subject rest and when asked, politely let the person know you would rather not discuss it.
There’s no record of what is discussed during mediation. Use this time to tackle as many issues as you can. It will not only save you money in the long run, as you can avoid spending time on these issues in court, but it will help protect your privacy as well.
Seal your case.
Divorce records are public records but your attorney can request for your case to be sealed. Having your records sealed may protect children, victims of domestic violence and any business information. It could also help prevent false allegations from spreading.
Protect your documents.
There are a lot of important document to keep track of while you’re going through a divorce so it’s important to designate exactly where they will be kept and make sure that area is secure. If you are still living with your spouse, consider using a safe or a locked box.
A good attorney will also help keep your information private. You should be able to trust your attorney to protect the information you share with them and help move your case forward.
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