When considering technology and divorce, people tend to focus on the negatives. For instance, you’ve probably heard that you should not use social media during your divorce to vent about your frustrations or talk about your former spouse. After all, things that you post online can be used in court and can damage your credibility.
While this is very true, there are also some positive benefits of technology and different ways that it can help you during this process. Let’s take a look at some of the things you may want to consider.
Changing online passwords protects your finances
If you’re worried about the dissipation of assets, which is when your spouse tries to waste your assets, or if you are concerned that they may try to take financial assets and hide them, it can be beneficial to change your online passwords. Maybe you and your spouse both have your own bank accounts, but your spouse knows the passwords for both. It is very easy to change your password with your smartphone, and you can even set up two-factor authentication so that everything is even more secure. Do not forgot to change your passwords to any and all Cloud accounts, as well!
Putting up a security camera may keep you safe
If you’re concerned that your spouse may hassle you or try to remove assets from the home, one way to address it is to put up a security camera. These are now smaller, easier to use, and more affordable than ever, and many cameras are just built into doorbells. Investing in this type of tech can help deter negative action from your spouse and provide evidence if anything does happen. Be sure to consult with an attorney before installing cameras or recording equipment if your spouse still resides in the home with you, as there are limitations on what is appropriate to capture in audio versus video.
Communicating online may be easier
One problem that many couples run into during divorce is that they can barely communicate in person because they’re so frustrated or angry with one another. Everything seems to turn into an argument and nothing gets done. You may be able to get around this by using email messages or text messages, or a co-parenting application such as Our Family Wizard. Any of these electronic means of communication give you a bit of distance so that you can separate your emotions from all of the facts and details that you need to figure out. The key is no matter what, try to keep your messages short, direct, and neutral in tone.
Divorce can go more smoothly when you use technology — but no matter what technology you use to assist in your divorce, it remains wisest to stay off of social media during this difficult time.