There’s something about the social media that opens people’s lips to the world. And, because the saying, “loose lips sink ships” is generally a truism, the social media presents dangerous consequences for those inclined to be too socially talkative online. This may be especially true for those in Ohio and anywhere else who are facing an impending divorce.
It appears that some divorce lawyers are going online to check the Facebook page of the client’s estranged spouse. There may be incriminating tidbits that the person simply could not resist announcing to the world. If the person is particularly loquacious, he or she may end up paying increased alimony, or losing some other negotiating position.
The hardening of spousal resentments can be exponentially increased by online revelations. It makes sense to take some immediate steps to close down this minefield of problems by acting on some of the following recommendations. First, change all passwords that may have been shared or that may be obvious to the spouse.
Sometimes, it turns into a major hassle to have the estranged or ex-spouse poking into one’s emails, personal records, finances or instant messages. Get rid of shared profiles on Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and the like right away. These only expose one’s privacy to continued intrusions.
Change all online bank accounts, PayPal and the like. The individual should get his or her name off the account, and get a new, individual account opened. Don’t “steal from the cookie jar” by taking funds that may not be entirely one’s own. Get advice from the divorce lawyer first, and then act accordingly.
Get rid of all pin numbers and associations that expose one’s privacy on smartphones and other electronic gadgets. Get a new gadget or phone and start fresh. It’s also advisable to go to Facebook and similar pages, and check one’s privacy settings. "Unfriend" whoever may be a potential problem in the divorce or thereafter, including the divorcing spouse. Whether one resides here in Ohio or somewhere else, keep your world close to the vest, at least until the domestic dust settles.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta, "Divorcing? 5 things to do online now", Kim Komando, July 15, 2014