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How Can I Protect My Privacy During My Illinois Divorce?

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West Dundee divorce attorneysRegardless of whether you have been having problems for a long time or you were not expecting your spouse to file for divorce, the thought of ending your marriage can be daunting. It can be scary to think about how you will live apart, especially if one of you did not work or made significantly less than each other. Many issues will need to be resolved in a divorce, including the division of property or assets, to name a few. In some cases, your spouse may have been dissipating or  hiding assets in an attempt to receive more after the divorce. Therefore, it is important to have legal representation when making decisions regarding your divorce settlement. In addition to an  attorney’s help, there are certain steps you can take to ensure you are not being taken advantage of by your spouse.   

Keeping Information Private in the Digital Age

In today’s digital world where everything is put online, it can be hard to keep personal matters private. Using electronic devices to send and receive information leaves a digital footprint even if you delete messages. Sensitive information can often become public, and your soon-to-be ex-spouse may try to use that against you. For example, if you post pictures of a lavish vacation you took with your friends, you could find it harder to convince the court that you should be entitled to spousal support payments.
In addition, even if you block your spouse on certain social media sites, you may have mutual friends who take it upon themselves to pass along information they see as potentially damaging to you or your spouse. Basically, you will want to change any shared devices to have separate access so your spouse cannot track your every movement. Turning location sharing services off can prevent this, which can be helpful in divorces that involve stalking or harassment.

Here are a few more ways that you can protect yourself during the legal dissolution of your marriage:

  • Avoid posting any comments or photos on social media that may be considered negative.
  • Change your email, phone, or other online passwords frequently. 
  • Adjust security settings to private instead of public. 
  • Close joint bank accounts or credit cards and open new ones in your name only.  
  • Carefully consider everything you put in writing before you send it to your spouse. 
  • Place valuables, keepsakes, or heirlooms in a safety deposit box or secure location.
  • Notify medical providers, school administrators, or financial advisors about the divorce.
  • Confide in a neutral third party, such as a psychologist or a therapist.

Contact a Kane County Divorce Attorney

A divorce can be an extremely challenging process, both financially and emotionally. With so many social media outlets, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of privacy during this tumultuous time. At the The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC, we have more than 50 years of combined experience in handling all types of divorces, from uncontested to the most complex. Our skilled and dedicated Elgin asset division lawyers understand how important it is to keep your personal information private throughout the divorce proceedings. We can ensure that you receive your fair share of the marital estate. To schedule your initial consultation, call us today at 630-200-4882.




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