Mississippi residents know that divorce is extremely stressful. Going through the process of decoupling can take a lot of time and money as well as be emotionally draining. When someone goes through a divorce, they have to deal with things like child support and custody if there are kids in the marriage, figure out how to split assets and decide who stays in the marital home. One thing many people don’t think about when going through the divorce process is the fact that they will need to uncouple their digital lives and secure their online accounts during and after a divorce.
What’s involved in securing online accounts during a divorce?
During the course of a marriage, couples often end up sharing a number of digital and online accounts. Those include bank accounts, credit accounts, social media accounts and a host of other digital accounts that often go forgotten during the course of a marriage. The following steps can help you secure your accounts while you’re going through a divorce:
- Go through your financial accounts and change the passwords on any that you’re planning to keep on your own once the divorce goes through. Make sure that these accounts are owned solely by you, and speak to a legal representative if you have any questions.
- If you have an active, shared social media account, figure out which one of you will carry the account going forward. This is especially key if the account is tied to a business.
- If you’re changing passwords on accounts that belong solely to you, choose unique ones that you never used in the past. This helps ensure that the account will only be accessible to you.
The importance of being detail-oriented
Decoupling your digital life can be difficult, especially when you have a lot of combined accounts. By making a list of all your online accounts and working carefully down the list to separate them, you may have a better chance at a smooth digital decoupling.