How Does Science & Technology Complicate Divorce
The rapid advancements being made through science and technology impact just about every aspect of our lives. While most common technology is designed to be useful and helpful, it’s not hard to find a scenario in which technology can further complicate matters. One such example is divorce.
Through technology, a lot more information is archived and made readily available than in the past. This includes cell phone records, text message records, photos, emails and other personal information that can serve as ‘smoking guns’ for misconduct and misdeeds of a spouse. Technology also complicates divorce because access to such vast information can lead to misuse and misinterpretation. Divorcing couples may put out information on social media that is hurtful, untrue or in poor taste. It’s not uncommon for this information to be presented in a divorce case that can be used against a spouse.
Another important point to consider is that technology can be used improperly or illegally. For example, technology has made it easier than ever before to cyber stalk someone through the use of apps that track your phone or devices placed in a vehicle that can then be tracked by phone or computer. Spyware can also be used to tell someone every keystroke that another person makes on their computer.
Things To Keep In Mind
When going through a divorce, there are some key things you should keep in mind to protect yourself from the negative repercussions of the misuse of technology.
First, it’s important to protect your passwords. Be aware of all accounts that your spouse may be able to access. When appropriate, you should change these passwords and frequently monitor your accounts for any suspicious or unauthorized activity.
Second, be mindful of what you put in writing and share online. It’s a smart practice to assume that everything you write in an email, send in a text or share on social media can and will be seen by a judge. Technology can give people a platform to overshare or say hurtful things they would never say in person. Use extreme caution before putting anything in writing. The best policy is to say nothing at all.
Third, if you feel you are being harassed or stalked, immediately talk with your lawyer and the police. While technology allows us to more closely connect with people than ever before, this can be misused when it leads people to overstep their bounds and stalk someone else.
How Can Colgan & Associates Help
At Colgan & Associates, our team of experienced divorce lawyers knows how science and technology can complicate divorce. This is why we work diligently with each and every client to ensure they know their rights and are protected from the misuse of technology.
We also help clients minimize the damage that may already have been done as the result of technology. We work to understand the full story and present all available options to resolve the matter as quickly and favorably as possible.
If you are considering divorce and are unsure how your use, or your spouse’s use of technology may play into your matter, contact Colgan & Associates today for a free consultation. We can advise you of your rights and what steps you may want to take next to protect yourself from technology being used against you.