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Contemporary divorce: You've got to consider your online presence

14131063_S.jpgTechnology breeds egalitarianism, at least in the ability of virtually any person with access to a computer to participate in any number of social forums and online activities.

You want to be an author? Just put your writing efforts online, potentially available for virtually the entire world to see. If you fancy yourself as a social commentator, you can fully engage in that pursuit through Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites.

Although there is certainly an upside to such opportunities, there is also a clear downside, which can readily reveal itself to any person who is simply too cavalier about posting personal information online.

Some people simply seem to forget that their viewing audience on the Internet can greatly exceed a few close friends. Indeed, in can encompass many millions of people, some who really have no business being privy to what is arguably information of a very private nature.

Concerns with online presence can also extend to divorce situations, where confidential information can come back to haunt a soon-to-be or ex-spouse.

If you qualify as such, do you really want to maintain all those online passwords that your former partner knows or can readily access?

Probably not. Change them.

Do you want to continue with Internet services you previously shared with your spouse now that you are divorced?

The answer to that question is almost certain to be a resounding “no,” so cut the shared connections.

And update your social status on all networking sites you use. As is noted often by commentators on the Internet these days, disgruntled partners often troll the web trying to secure information they can use against a spouse in a divorce proceeding. It is easy to imagine how that can apply in, say, a child custody dispute.

In short, pay due attention to your online profile. People that do can ensure that it promotes rather than undermines their best interests.

Source: Fox News, "Divorcing? 5 things to do online now," Kim Komando, July 7, 2014

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