There are many aspects of a divorce that can make the process very stressful for all parties involved. For California residents who are getting a divorce, there are various tech-related issues they should get in order as they go through the process of ending their marriage.
It is not unusual for people to know the passwords that their significant other uses. Couples also often share movie streaming sites, online financial accounts or usernames to popular forums. However, it is important that divorcing individuals take the necessary steps to change their passwords for any accounts that they plan to continue to use as a single person. This can avoid situations in which an ex-spouse may use such accounts to cause complications.
A list should be made of all of the passwords that are being shared, and replacements should be created for each one. There are various online services that can be used to generate and organize secure passwords.
It is also very common for spouses to share technology devices, including those that may have browsing histories, images and stored passwords. Before decisions are made regarding who is to receive which device, divorcing individuals should back up the information they want and then have the devices reset to their default factory settings. This applies to phones, computers, tablets and any other electronic device that is capable of storing sensitive data, such as instant messages, financial documents or any other information that individuals would rather their future ex-spouse not have.
A divorce attorney may advise clients about what steps should be taken to prepare for the divorce process, such as obtaining important paperwork or making sure that they have restricted their spouse’s access to their online assets. The attorney might use litigation to resolve disputes regarding the division of assets and other legal issues.