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Do I Need to Change My Passwords for a Divorce in Texas?

We now live in a world where you can access your email, financial accounts, and social media accounts online. Many married couples share access to those accounts with their spouse.

This may have done intentionally by providing their spouse with their user name or password. Sometimes though a spouse will gain access to accounts without permission by snooping through your email or by installing software such as keylogger on your computer.

When you are happily married it makes sense to share this sort of information. However, when you are contemplating or going through a divorce and working with a divorce lawyer this is no longer the case.

Changing Your Passwords During Divorce

One of my thing I advise my clients as a Houston divorce lawyer is that they should change all of their passwords as soon as they can. They should first start with their email. This is because by changing their email first a spouse cannot login and use the email account to retrieve newly changed passwords to any other account.

Changing Passwords on Joint Accounts

If you are contemplating changing the password to a joint account, you should talk with your divorce lawyer beforehand. Joint ownership is a complicated situation. There are a multitude of issues that need to be considered when locking out a spouse to their bank account.

What if Your Ex Doesn’t Have Your Passwords?

It is better to be safe than sorry so even if you think your spouse does not have access to any of your online accounts change the passwords anyway.

Social Media

Another thing to do is adjust the settings on your social media accounts so that they are set to private. By doing this you spouse will not be able to see what you are posting or sharing without your express permission.

It would be best if you did not use your social media accounts while your divorce was ongoing. Even if you adjust your setting your spouse may be able to see what you are doing if you share friends. Do not delete your accounts because this would be spoliation of evidence. I would discuss this topic in another blog post.

When to Call Your Divorce Lawyer

You need to let your Houston divorce lawyer know immediately if you suspect your spouse is spying on you or has access to your accounts without your permission. Your Houston Divorce Lawyer will be able provide you with legal advice on what to do next.


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Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC | Houston, Texas Divorce Lawyers

The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC routinely handles matters that affect children and families. If you have questions regarding divorce, it's important to speak with one of our Spring, TX Divorce Lawyers right away to protect your rights.

Our divorce lawyers in Spring TX are skilled at listening to your goals during this trying process and developing a strategy to meet those goals. Contact Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC by calling (281) 810-9760 or submit your contact information in our online form. The Law Office of Bryan Fagan, PLLC handles Divorce cases in Spring, Texas, Cypress, Klein, Humble, Kingwood, Tomball, The Woodlands, the FM 1960 area, or surrounding areas, including Harris County, Montgomery County, Liberty County, Chambers County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Waller County.

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