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Dealing with property division during divorce can spark conflict

When two people decide to get divorced in Massachusetts, the event may spark emotions ranging from rage to sadness. It is natural for those getting divorced to want to vent to friends and family about the negative points of their soon-to-be exes. Some individuals even use social media as a forum to emotionally unload while going through a divorce involving heated issues such as property division. Since people’s online and offline lives today are more intertwined than ever before, a few tips may help a divorcing individual to protect himself or herself.

First, it is helpful for people to change their online passwords. This is important because nearly 70 percent of romantically involved people share their online passwords with their partners. This is acceptable when the couple is together, but when they are splitting up, it can have negative consequences. For example, one person could hijack the other person’s account and even attempt to damage their ex's reputation.

If the couple has shared services, such as a shared smartphone cloud account, it may be best to get rid of those as well. A shared cloud account can allow one to easily access a spouse’s locations, pictures, contacts and email information. Other joint accounts that it would be wise to get rid of include Amazon or Netflix accounts. If possible, it might be helpful to additionally wipe any shared gadgets, such as a computer or tablet that both spouses have used. After all, these gadgets might have passwords and other personal information that a divorcing individual might not wish to leave in the hands of the other party.

While getting divorced can be emotionally stressful, it can also be financially worrisome. This is because both parties might have a difference of opinion regarding how their joint assets should be split. If the two are able to come to an agreement on major issues such as property division, they can move forward happily and avoid having a judge get involved in their affairs. If not, however, the court may divide their property for them in Massachusetts.

Source: Fox News, "Divorcing? 5 things to do online now", Kim Komando, July 7, 2014

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