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Should you share passwords after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 26, 2022 | family law |

Nearly 8 in 10 people in New Jersey and across the USA have shared passwords. If you are in a relationship, it is very acceptable to share passwords across a multitude of platforms. These include social media, Netflix accounts, email, phones and mobile wallets. But is this a wise choice?

Sharing passwords can be a complex affair

For many married couples, sharing passwords is a sign of mutual trust and love as well as convenience. But this obviously changes if the couple goes on to divorce. If the split is an amicable one, you may be able to continue sharing passwords across multiple channels with no issues. However, if this is not the case, a number of serious problems can arise.

Many couples worry about their personal privacy after they divorce. This is an issue which can be compounded to a huge extent by the fact that they continue to share online passwords. An angry partner can publish private details about their former spouse that can cause professional as well as personal embarrassment.

What should you do after you divorce?

It’s a good idea to keep your passwords separate even while married. This is simply a protective move that will keep your digital life from getting messy if your relationship should come to an end. It’s an even better idea to divest from the accounts of your partner if you feel that you are on the verge of legal separation.

There is no official ruling made by a New Jersey court on the matter of who gets custody of passwords after a divorce. In the absence of such a ruling, you are advised to exercise caution when managing your passwords. It may be best to keep them separate to avoid complications.