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Divorce can legally split spouses, but not personally

It’s no secret that divorce can be a very lengthy and complex legal process, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t matters outside of the courtroom that divorcing couples should attend to. It’s a simple fact that divorce will change your life, and unfortunately your relationship with your ex-spouse might take a turn for the worse. For couples who have lived together for an extended period of time, this animosity might manifest itself in cruel and unfair ways.

We’d all like to believe the best in people, but divorce can cause tensions to run very high, and couples who have been sharing their lives might be punished by loopholes in their security, as a recent USA Today article reminds us. The article mentions five things that you can do right now from your home to save yourself a great deal of potential stress if you are going through or have recently gone through a divorce.

It’s not unusual for married couples to share many things in the digital age, such as passwords or gadgets. A recent study claims that about two-thirds of couples share their passwords in some capacity, with 27 percent sharing an email password. The article also mentions how couples might share things in the cloud, such as their Apple IDs and iCloud information. It’s important to remember that, while divorce allows you to legally separate from your spouse and divide assets, it does not automatically purge your spouse from your life.

In Georgia, we strive to reach a divorce settlement that is fair and acceptable to both parties, including shared parenting time and reasonable asset division. However, divorce can unfortunately bring out the worst in people, and a vindictive ex-spouse who knows your Facebook or email password can easily cause significant damage to your reputation. Divorce is a battle that is not fought only in the courtroom, and it doesn’t hurt to be prepared on all fronts.

Source: USA Today, “Divorcing? 5 things to do online now,” Kim Komando, July 11, 2014

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