During your marriage, you may not have thought to keep your passwords and other computer access from your spouse. After all, this is the person you should trust the most. Unfortunately, once divorce is on the table, you need to make some changes to protect yourself.

Do you pay your bills online? Do you have social media, bank or other accounts that your future ex-spouse could access? If so, you may want to make some changes now that will make your divorce and your post-divorce life less complicated.

Are your social media accounts intertwined?

Even if you don’t share an account with your future ex, you may share friends and other contacts. Now would be the time to separate your social media accounts. This may mean actually creating your own social media accounts, or it could mean increasing your privacy settings and separating your friends lists.

If you decide to continue your activities on your social media accounts during the divorce, use caution. Even if you have separated your accounts, your ex-spouse could receive information from it that would put you in a bad light in front of a Pennsylvania judge. Moreover, you should refrain from making any disparaging remarks about your former spouse or otherwise handing over some sort of evidence the other party could use in court, especially if you have children.

Change your passwords and clean your computer now

Even if your spouse does not know exactly what your passwords are, he or she could guess them. You may want to change them as quickly as possible. If you have shared accounts, you may want to open your own and make sure they remain protected. You could clean off a shared computer that your former spouse will take possession of in order to keep your information private.

While your divorce may be amicable, you still need to protect your rights and your privacy. Working together toward a divorce settlement is one thing, but that does not mean that you should trust your information to remain private when it comes to your former spouse.

Protect your rights

If you continue to have questions regarding how to safeguard your rights and privacy in a divorce, you could turn to someone experienced in family law matters for help. Doing so could help ensure that you have the best start possible to your new, post-divorce life.