Internet Implications Of Divorce
Separating your life from your spouse’s in divorce can be an arduous process. While most people are quick to address obvious intertwined assets like bank accounts and physical property, other property can easily go overlooked. Internet assets are often among them.
While internet property is not typically thought of in the same way as other property, email accounts, social media profiles and others can create problems if you aren’t careful. At Akiona Law, PLLC, in Everett, Washington, we understand the internet implications of divorce and can work to help you address them properly and promptly.
Accessing Emails And Other Accounts: Know Your Rights
One of the most important things to do after deciding to divorce — or even if you are simply considering divorce — is to change your account passwords. Emails, Facebook messages and other electronic forms of communication can be used against you in divorce. Changing your password can help protect you.
What can also protect you is to know your rights. For example, did you know that if your spouse accesses your email account without your authorization, it is a federal crime?
Our lawyers have many years of experience helping individuals who are facing divorce understand how the internet can impact their divorce. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner our team can start protecting you.
Domestic Violence And Online Communication
At our firm, we are aware of the challenges that victims of domestic violence face when trying to initiate a divorce. There are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
First, it is important to create your own email account if you and your spouse currently share one or if your spouse knows your password. There are numerous free options available.
Similarly, it may also be wise to obtain a new phone number. In domestic violence situations, it is not uncommon for a spouse to monitor a victim’s voicemail. Make sure you inform your family and friends of your new contact information so they know how to reach you.
Learn More In An Initial Consultation
At Akiona Law, PLLC, our team of attorneys can further advise you on how online activity can impact your divorce, whether you are dealing with domestic violence or not. Call us at 425-740-2209 or 888-298-1003, or contact us online, to schedule your consultation.