Technology affects all areas of life, and this is definitely true during the divorce process. As Californians come to rely on digital accounts/online assets for much of their communications and even financial planning, these items become particularly important for the present and the future. In addition, devices like smartphones have become central hubs for all key information about a person. During a divorce, it can be important for exes to think about how to adapt their use of technology to fit their new realities.
Of course, one of the most important things that people can do during a divorce is to change their passwords. This does not mean locking a spouse out of shared bank accounts and other vital information during the divorce, but it is smart to change passwords for email accounts and messenger systems or the passcodes to access a smartphone. While many couples share this type of information, it's often wise to change passwords after ending the marriage. Even passwords that need to remain shared before the finalization of the divorce, such as those related to a joint mortgage or other marital property, should be changed after the divorce if one spouse is keeping those accounts.
Individuals may also want to think about their social media use during and after divorce. In a contentious split, exes may look at social media accounts in search of damaging information. But even in an amicable divorce, one may find only emotional pain or discomfort from frequently following their ex-spouse's online updates.
Technical questions represent only some of the many changes that can accompany divorce. A family law attorney could work to answer a divorcing spouse's questions and strive to achieve a fair settlement on matters including property division and spousal support.