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Considering digital data in a Florida divorce

Many Florida readers have been unable to avoid media coverage concerning the FBI's decision to look into new emails connected to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Those emails were discovered as part of an unrelated case involving the husband of one of Clinton's top aides. The high profile story serves as a powerful reminder of the role that digital data can play within a divorce case.

Technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, and it is very difficult to stay abreast of all of the changes and developments in the digital age. As such, many people still believe that simply deleting information from their personal computer eliminates all traces of that content. In reality, however, it is incredibly difficult to fully obscure one's digital footprints.

When it comes to divorce, digital data provides a treasure trove of information for divorce attorneys. In most cases, attorneys are looking for evidence to use in the negotiation of financial issues and matters of child custody. That said, few Florida spouses enjoy the thought of perfect strangers digging through everything they have seen, said and done online.

The best way to address this issue is to make an appointment with a divorce attorney to discuss the impact that digital data could have on an individual's divorce. There are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of having one's personal information shared within the context of divorce. No two individuals will have the exact same set of needs in this area, which is why it is so important to seek the advice of a professional early in the divorce process.

Source: The New York Times, "In a Divorce, Who Gets Custody of Electronic Data? The Lawyers", Jonah Engel Bromwich and Daniel Victor, Oct. 31, 2016

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