Family Law & the Online World

Family Law & the Online World

With so much to think about when you are going through the family law separation process, the one thing most people neglect is their relationship with the Internet. You know what I mean right? Your email passwords and who might have access to other online platforms that you use. So, here is a quick checklist of some of the online places you might want to consider changing passwords for when you separate.

Banking
Your bank access codes and not just your PIN, but your online passwords to your personal accounts. Make sure you include any passwords or access codes for credit cards and any store based cards.

Email accounts
It is always best to change or update these regularly anyway. However, upon separation consider that you might end up receiving confidential legal documents from your family lawyer (if you engage one). Best to keep them confidential, don’t you agree?

Social Media Accounts
Change your Facebook password and any passwords on other social media accounts such as twitter or Instagram. This is easy to do and will give you peace of mind. Whilst we are on this topic – don’t be tempted to post updates about your family law matter on social media – but this is a whole other blog post eventually!

Other online platforms
Your MyGov account or platforms like eBay or Gumtree will have access passwords so change these too.

Just to be sure, I suggest making a list (and checking it twice). Go through and tick off the ones you change one by one. Better to secure your privacy online now then to wish you had later.

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