Computers and Divorce
Provided by Belli, Weil & Grozbean, P.C.
By: Stuart H. Grozbean
Like it or not we live in the 21st
century and that means computers are apart of our everyday life.
If you are contemplating divorce or in the midst of a divorce or
custody battle you should know that your computer can be your
best friend or your worse nightmare. Your spouse maybe able to
access your computer and e-mail. You need to take precautions to
protect where you have surfed and what you have downloaded. If
not, when it comes to Court time--You maybe doing what in
Washington is called the "old two step".
All too often, as you contemplate your future,
you begin to search the internet for information on divorce,
custody and law firms. You go to divorce pages and then you
download articles, just like this one, so you can review later.
What you don’t know is that you are leaving a trail a mile wide
for anyone, including your spouse, to see what you have been
doing on the computer and where you have traveled in the vast
ocean of internet information.
You need to cover your tracts by taking some easy
steps. For example, in Internet Explorer go to “Tools” and under
the “General” tab delete files temporary internet files and
history. You must do this every time you are going to exit the
program. Do not save a page as a “Favorite”. If no one has
access to your computer then having a quick reference to
Favorites works well, rather then having to search the internet
to find the site again.
E-mail has become the communication favorite of
millions of people and companies, including lovers. What you do
not know is companies constantly back up their servers with your
unread and undeleted e-mails maybe included. This means that a
lawyer can subpoena the e-mail provider, i.e. “Yahoo’s” records
and you maybe defending embarrassing statements, pictures and
One way to avoid this is to read your e-mail
often, then delete and go into the delete folder and delete the
message. This two step process also applies to the sent
Chat rooms are another dangerous area. The person
on the other end, who you think at the moment, is a friend,
maybe copying and saving your chat.
don’t get caught, protect your privacy.
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