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How to protect electronic data during a divorce

Georgia residents who are considering or going through a divorce know that many of their information will be perused carefully by their spouse's divorce team as part of the process going forward. And as information is increasingly electronic, they need to be careful with the things about them that are posted. This includes social media accounts as well as emails and texts that they might have thought were private and would never be read by the public.

There are steps, however, that people can take to protect themselves and the treatment of their electronic information during the proceedings. The first thing a person considering or going through divorce should do is act as if every social media post, email or text can possibly be up for public consumption, making sure that there is no electronic information that can be used as leverage by the other side. Some people do this by deactivating their social media accounts during the process or by posting infrequently, and only very neutral things, on them.

Changing passwords on all accounts, starting a new personal email account, and reviewing and tightening privacy settings are also steps that should be taken, as well as keeping control of their devices and making sure that the other spouse is not getting access to calendars, texts and emails. Since families often sync their devices, it is important to know where personal information is going and make the necessary changes.

Consulting with a lawyer about what information is protected and what information might be admissible in court is advised, since the laws vary state to state. The divorce process can be a very stressful and tense period for those involved, and keeping personal information private might make it less so.

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