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How to deal with your online accounts in a New York divorce

On Behalf of | Sep 1, 2021 | Divorce

Divorces can be messy even with the most amicable New York couples. Regardless of how much you trust your soon-to-be ex-spouse, it’s important to put your own privacy first and foremost when starting the divorce proceedings.

Considering how many accounts and profiles you may have online, the idea of taking control of your online presence for a divorce can seem overwhelming. Thankfully, there are some tips to help you get started.

What should be the first steps?

If you have any social media accounts, one of the first things you’ll want to do is change your privacy settings so that your partner won’t be able to see what you’re posting. Someone in the middle of a divorce should be more considerate of what they post as even mutual friends can accidentally let private information slide.

How to handle shared accounts

The next thing that you want to do is figure out how to handle any shared accounts. These are accounts like a YouTube Channel, Facebook Page or anything that you and your spouse had equal access to or posted content on.

This can also be more private things like your smart doorbell, smart home appliances and the Wi-Fi network. If you and your spouse are not sharing a house during the divorce, you’ll want to make sure that you change all of the passwords and remove their name off those accounts if allowed.

Subscription services should also be revisited

Any subscription services that you and your spouse share or that are in your name should have their password changed. You and your spouse can decide who gets which streaming services ahead of the time, or you can cancel all of the services and start from scratch.

It might seem silly to go through these extra lengths during a divorce when you have bigger issues to take care of. However, maintaining your privacy is essential to a smooth divorce, especially if there’s any chance for domestic violence or long and drawn-out proceedings.