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Wheaton divorce attorneyDivorce can impact many areas of your life. Your marital finances, time with the children, and ownership of assets are really just the beginning. Parties can have their information highjacked, or even their reputations ruined by a vindictive spouse. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself and your children during the process. Start by ensuring you address these technology issues before you file or tell your spouse about your plan to divorce. 

Change Your Passwords 

In today’s digital age, nearly everyone stores and shares information online. Couples also tend to share devices, data, passwords, and even some of their accounts. Sadly, that unfettered access in a divorce can create all sorts of issues. Spouses can gain access to data and financial information that does not apply to the divorce (i.e. an inheritance that was gifted to you after the separation) to hike up your child support or spousal support obligations. A vindictive spouse could attempt to drain your bank account and transfer everything over into their name, or they may even go so far as to delete important information or mine your social media accounts and photos for details they can use against you in custody proceedings. 

The first step to preventing such an issue is to ensure that you change all of your passwords - including the one that you use to log into your devices. Avoid using generic passwords, or anything with significance to you or your spouse (i.e. names and birthdays of children). Instead, use a strong and random password generator and store your passwords on a secure digital keychain (specifically one that your spouse cannot access). 

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DuPage County divorce lawyersCell phone linking while you are married can make life simpler; you and your spouse can easily share photos, documents, and pertinent personal information (i.e. locations, banking information, etc.). Unfortunately, that same technological feature can be your undoing in an Illinois divorce. Learn how you can protect your personal digital information in the following sections. 

Email Accounts and Linked Cell Phones

Of all the information that your spouse can access from a linked cell phone account, emails are perhaps the most concerning. That is because most people now receive legal advice through email. Bank account alerts may also be sent through email. As such, divorcing parties are encouraged to change the password to their email accounts before they even initiate a divorce. If you are not the initiator, change your passwords as soon as you receive notification of the impending divorce. 

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