Divorce can be devastating and overwhelming. Besides, it is life-changing and coming to terms with the changes can result in anxiety and loneliness.
During this time, you may wonder how you can separate your life and keep your soon-to-be ex out of your life. While you most likely shared friends and family members with your spouse, maintaining your privacy may help you move on.
Here are ways to protect your privacy during the divorce.
Avoid social media
Social media helps people connect and exchange media and information. However, despite its many benefits, social media can disrupt your divorce proceedings. In addition, remember that posting negative things about your soon-to-be ex may be used against you later in court.
That said, limit your social media use and, if possible, temporarily deactivate your accounts. Don’t post pictures of yourself that could affect the process, and avoid provoking your ex with your social media posts.
Protect your vital documents
Safeguarding your documents is vital, primarily if you are still residing with your partner or other people. First, ensure documents like social security cards, court files and medical records are in a safe place, like a safe box or file cabinet. Secondly, protect your financial information by closing all joint bank accounts or credit cards.
File a request to seal the case
In most cases, the public has access to divorce court records. Unfortunately, this means anyone can access every detail of your divorce. However, you can file a motion to seal your case in certain circumstances. For example, if you believe that false and damaging rumors may be spread without the case being sealed. By doing so, any information revealed during the divorce will be removed from the public record.
Avoid unnecessary drama
Drama usually attracts more people to your case. While it is common for emotions to run high during the divorce, it is advisable to lower conflict with the other party. For example, you can limit communication with your spouse and recommend they communicate through their representatives.
Divorces are often challenging and can become overwhelming. However, you can reduce the stress of interference from other parties by keeping everything private.