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Divorce and electronic information

It is not uncommon to see online activity and electronic information as factors in a demise of a marriage, but they can also have a role in divorce proceedings as well. Estranged Maryland couples should be aware that their electronic information, such as texts, emails, Facebook posts and tweets, may be used against them during a divorce.

Other than deleting texts, social media posts, pictures and any other electronic communication they have, there is not much individuals can do for damage control. However, there are some steps individuals can take with regard to their electronic information if a divorce has become a possibility.

Restricting online activity until after a divorce is final may be wise. Individuals should make sure to avoid online mishaps while they are going through the process. This includes not posting about new relationships or something that suggests money is being frivolously spent. Some people deactivate their social media accounts when their marriages begin to break down and reactivate them once the divorce has concluded.

Opening a new email account to conduct personal business and increasing the privacy settings on social media accounts can help limit a spouse's access to an individual's electronic communication. Maintaining control of one's electronic devices by unsyncing them to ensure privacy of information and turning off location tracking should also be considered. Couples may also want to consider including a social media clause in their prenuptial or postnuptial agreements, which would prohibit the dissemination of certain information without the agreement of the other spouse. A family law attorney can often provide advice on how ill-advised social media use could have an adverse effect on certain divorce legal issues.

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