Divorce can be stressful enough without having to worry about private details of your life and relationship getting out. You probably also want to make sure that your soon-to-be former spouse can no longer get information about you or snoop around in your affairs. Fortunately, there are some ways to take control and keep things private during a divorce. Our Cranford divorce & family law attorneys can help you with that.
Should I Make My Social Media Private?
It can be a good idea to lock down your own social media account. We also do not recommend making it the first place to go when you want to vent about your spouse or divorce proceedings. You can delete posts later, but once something is out there it is out there.
What we do not recommend is going back and deleting old posts. If your spouse’s lawyer wants something from your social media profiles as evidence and you delete it, that could end up being a problem.
Do I Need to Change All of My Passwords?
If you are concerned about your spouse having access to any of your online accounts, make sure that you change all of the passwords. Turn on two-factor authentication if it is an option. This makes it harder for someone else to force their way into your accounts.
Check any shared devices for malware or spyware, like keyloggers. These could be used to invade your privacy. If you really want a clean break, buy some new devices. You should also get a phone plan and an Internet plan of your own.
Are Some Divorce Methods More Private Than Others?
Now if you do not want details of your divorce getting out, you should keep in mind that going to court means dealing with court records. Everything that you and your spouse say will be written down, and submitting a records request is not that difficult.
If you want to keep things private, you may want to consider methods other than litigation. You can try mediation, where a third party helps you and your spouse negotiate parts of your divorce agreement. You can also try a collaborative divorce, which requires you, your spouse, and your lawyers to come together to make a deal.
Can I Keep My Court Records Private?
Sometimes you can. Once the final divorce settlement has been reached, you or your spouse can ask the court to seal the records. The issue is that the judge does not necessarily have to do that. If they do not seal the records, then anyone can look up your divorce records later.
These court records can contain a lot of information. If you are interested in keeping as much as you can private, you really should consider whether mediation or collaborative divorce can work for you before you choose litigation.
Meet With Our Lawyers Today
Divorce is tough, but our compassionate lawyers will do everything that they can to make the process a bit easier on you. Contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC and schedule your consultation today.