When going their separate ways during a divorce or after the breakup of a long-term relationship, most parties will take tangible items such as clothes, furniture and vehicles. These possessions usually come with a sense of power and emotional well-being that help them end one chapter of their lives and begin a new one. However, they may not consider how important untangling their electronic relationship may be as they divorce.
Most people only consider how their electronic profile looks to other people. Indeed, they will change their relationship status on Facebook from "married" or "in a relationship" to "single," and they may "unfriend" many of the people who are friends with their soon-to-be ex-spouse, but they may not consider how they may still be tracked online or through their electronic devices.
It is not uncommon for a selfish or suspicious ex to still monitor a person through their cell phone's GPS system. Many IPhone and Android users neglect to change phones or even change the settings that allow other users to monitor where a user is at a given time.
Those who have electronic doorbells enabled with wifi cameras may also be vulnerable. A jealous ex may still be able to access the video stream from a camera equipped doorbell or security system because the access password had not been changed. The same could be said with smart-home security systems that allow doors to be unlocked with a simple phrase such as "Hey Siri, unlock the door."
Fortunately, changing one's passwords could be the remedy to unauthorized intrusions after a divorce. However, making certain that an ex adheres to privacy mandates may be easier said than done. It is not unheard of for some security systems to be accessed even after a password is changed. But to make certain a party understands its obligations, specific directives should be included in a separation agreement or court order.
An experienced family law attorney can advise those considering divorce or leaving a long-term committed relationship on how to maintain privacy after a breakup.
The preceding is presented for informational purposes only and is not legal advice.