Divorce And Digital Harassment
Digital harassment could be the correct term for what you are experiencing if you are receiving aggressive messages from your soon-to-be-ex spouse through social networks, messaging apps, or other pathways of digital communication.
A form of cyberbullying, digital harassment is unfortunately common when a couple is going through a divorce. Because of the immediacy of the internet, your spouse could be sending emotional messages repeatedly without the pause that would be required if they were sending a letter through the mail.
There are ways to stop digital harassment. If you could use legal support through your divorce, connect with a Bucks County family attorney. You have rights and when your privacy is violated there are protections in place. Feeling safe and protecting your future is possible.
Stopping Unwanted Text, Messages, Posts, and Emails After They Start
Your spouse may not want the marriage to end, even after a divorce petition has been served. Or maybe the individual has accepted that divorce is in their future but they dispute terms that are being moved forward. There are a variety of reasons why digital harassment happens, and it can include any of the following upsetting situations:
- Using social media to tag you
- Sending unwanted texts, messages, and emails
- Spamming your work or personal website
- Creating an imaginary person and connecting with you on social media
- Accessing your digital accounts without your permission
While unwanted communications can be annoying at best, there are things you can do to end the digital harassment.
On your own, you can adjust privacy settings on your accounts, increase spam protections, and be careful about who you engage with online. And of course, you should let your attorney know about the harassment and stalking right away. There are laws in place to protect you and a restraining order may be possible. Fines and other penalties could result.
Also, keep in mind that sharing details about your divorce can create problems. Some advise not posting to social media at all or disabling those accounts while going through a legal process. And if you do receive a nasty message from your spouse, do not engage. Arguments over digital communication channels can escalate quickly. Have your lawyer communicate on your behalf. Save emails and messages. Take screenshots if necessary. Then, share that information with your legal team.
A Bucks County family attorney can also help you secure the future you want post-divorce. If you are being bullied and stalked online, that behavior could have an impact on divorce agreements. Illegal behavior could negatively impact your spouse’s desire for a certain custody sharing arrangement, for example.
Schedule a Consultation with a Pennsylvania Divorce Attorney
Is your spouse digitally harassing you? It is important you work with a legal professional to help you during divorce proceedings. The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand help. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.