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Five Things to Do Immediately After You Decide to Divorce

What You Can Do on Your Computer Right Away

Not even divorce is really private anymore. Unfortunately, the first thing that many people do after the divorce bomb has been dropped is vent online. Those are ugly details that will never come down from the internet. Instead of doing something both rash and permanent, a recent USA TODAY article provided a few things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Replace your passwords
  • Create personal accounts (for social media, Amazon, Netflix, etc.)
  • Delete info from shared devices
  • Create passwords for your devices
  • Update social media the right way

1. Take Care of Your Current Passwords

If you are like the majority of couples, you will know at least some of each other's passwords. If that is the case, you need to update the logins to your personal accounts, especially for social media. And as your spouse is likely to know how get through all your security questions, you are going to have to update those as well (remember: the answers don't have to be accurate, they just have to be a combination of letters and figures that only you know). Make sure you do all this on a password protected device that you alone own. In some cases, you may want to go ahead and do step 4 first.

2. Get Rid of Shared Accounts

According to a Pew study on couples, 11 percent shared a social media account. Then there is your Apple ID, your shared iCloud account. Whatever accounts you share (talk to a divorce lawyer about the bank account first though), you need to wipe credit card information at minimum. Ideally, you can shutter the account and start up your own personal accounts.

3. Delete information from Devices You Both Use

Your computer, your tablet, whatever devices you two share, you need to forever erase personal information: browsing history, tax info, passwords, etc. If that is not possible for the time being, such as on a shared computer, then make sure you create your own protected profile through which to use the device.

4. Password Protect Your Personal Devices

Then there are items such as your phone. You are going to need all new passwords. And if you fear that your ex might have put spy apps onto the device, you could back up the device, and have it fully reset to factory settings.

5. Assess Your Social Media Account

Even if you never had a joint social media profile, there are other steps you will have to take. For one thing, should you block your ex? Is it even wise to stay friends? Go over your privacy settings to make sure that only the people you want to will see what you post. Delete anything from previous posts that could land you in trouble (particularly something that could be misrepresented by your ex's lawyer).

As for the legal aspects of your divorce, you can find the outstanding legal care that you deserve with the Meyers Law Group, P.C. Learn how we can help you when you reach our Long Island divorce attorney today!