When a couple agrees to get married, divorce is the last thing on their minds. Unfortunately, not all marriages last forever. A divorce can be an emotional situation for everyone involved. In these times, electronic communications are often scrutinized during the divorce process.

Almost everyone has some sort of online presence. Facebook, twitter, email, etc. are all electronic records that can show up in divorce proceedings. To minimize the effect of what can happen to online postings, there are certain things a person should do if a divorce appears to be in the near future. First, a person should restrict their online activity. This can include deactivating a Facebook account, posting less about their personal lives, and not sharing anything about a new relationship or spending money frivolously.

Passwords and security questions for accounts should be changed to ward off snooping ex-partners. Privacy settings on social media accounts should also be tightened. Devices that were previously shared across the family, including calendars, tracking and text messages may need to be changed so that they’re no longer able to be read by everyone.

An attorney who specializes in divorce can help their client understand how electronic records can be used against them during a divorce. They can offer advice to their client as to how to handle these records and make sure they are doing what they need to protect their future. An attorney understands how a divorce can affect a person for the rest of their lives and will work hard to make sure their client’s needs are met.