While people are in an ongoing relationship (especially in marriage), information tends to flow freely. Because of this free flow of information, couples may come to learn extensive information about their partner. Occasionally, this information may include passwords, account information, website access credentials, and a whole host of other means of access. As a result, partners may be able to access each other’s phone, email, social media accounts, or various websites. Furthermore, there are more obvious privacy concerns that may be implicated, such as place of employment, contact info of friends and coworkers, or even place of residence. While this information may pose no concern to a healthy relationship, if the relationship terminates, it can bring about some rather serious privacy concerns.
Impacts of Access
If a jilted ex-partner retains login credentials or other means of account access, it can be problematic and may be damaging to the process of a family law matter. Furthermore, there can be serious privacy concerns if people are able to monitor the activities of a former lover. For example, a former spouse with sufficient access may be able to monitor their ex’s emails, text messages, phone call history, or even GPS location history. Additionally, if the ex is particularly vindictive, they may be able to make changes to various accounts, make substantial purchases, or potentially block their ex’s access to their own accounts. While this behavior might carry the possibility of criminal penalties, it is a real concern that unfortunately impacts many people in the midst of a family law case.