It is not just deciding who gets the house and the wedding gifts, and splitting bank accounts that have to occur before the end of a marriage; there is now a world of electronic connectivity that has to be disconnected. Couples are linked by smartphones, emails and sometimes social media accounts, making it a difficult situation when handling a sensitive high asset divorce. Pennsylvania family law attorneys would likely advise an electronic separation to occur well before a divorce is finalized.

Technology is an asset in all of our lives. Unfortunately, technology can be used to access data by one spouse to use against another spouse. The first recommendation that lawyers offer is to change an email password. While many couples may have their own individual email accounts, many grant access to the other spouse. Because important communication occurs through email, it is best for the other spouse not to have access, especially if it contains legal advice.

Smartphones and other applications are commonly linked between couples. Calendars are often linked, but all linked accounts need to be removed. Many cell phone plans now automatically link a smartphone when they are on a shared cell phone plan. A linked phone can sometimes allow easy access for one spouse into another’s personal information.

Even in situations where a high asset divorce is anticipated to be an amicable split and a spouse may believe that there is nothing to hide from the other spouse, separating linked information is strongly advised. An electronic separation can help maintain privacy between attorneys and clients. Because separating lives is an overwhelming process, an experienced Pennsylvania attorney can advise an individual of all the areas needing to be addressed for a smoother process.