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What to do about digital concerns when getting a divorce

For Virginia residents who are getting a divorce, there are certain basic issues they will probably encounter. These include spousal support, child custody, child support and property division. However, a relatively new concern that has garnered more attention in recent years is how to handle digital factors. These concerns include passwords, social media and the devices themselves. When moving forward with a divorce, it is important to be aware of how this can impact a case and to be fully prepared for the eventuality.

Strategies to deal with digital information in a divorce

People generally need online accounts to function in the world today. These should be addressed in preparation for a divorce. Often, accounts are shared. Streaming service accounts are relatively unimportant and easily untangled, but they should be changed since the spouses are parting ways. Others, like bank accounts, credit cards and financial portfolio accounts, will need to be changed if they are going to be separate. In acrimonious divorces, there is always a chance that damage could be done. Of course, passwords for social media accounts should be changed to prevent the other spouse from accessing them and potentially causing problems.

With a device like a computer or a tablet, if one party is retaining it, the information can be backed up and the device restored to the factory settings. This will return it to its original state when it was purchased. Any passwords that were filled in will be automatically cleared with the press of a button.

Experienced guidance may be crucial in a divorce

Digital concerns are aspects of a divorce that are often overlooked because other considerations come to the forefront and take precedence. That does not mean they are any less important and couldn’t cause myriad challenges even after the divorce is complete. For assistance with pinpointing understated factors and handling the larger parts of a divorce, having professional guidance can be helpful in trying to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

J. Emmette Pilgreen IV
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