Dealing with a Netflix account during divorce

We all have one person on our Netflix account who pays for zero of the cost but watches all the new shows before you. If we do not have that one person, we are that one person. But what happens if that one person is our ex-husband or wife?

The digital age brings new concerns to divorcees including who gets the Netflix account, what to post as your relationship status on Facebook and is your browsing history coming up in divorce proceedings. Luckily, there are ways to navigate the internet during a separation.

Change your passwords

Many partners, especially spouses, share their passwords. According to a recent Pew study, 67 percent of couples share at least one online account password and 27 percent shared their email password. It’s a small action that may mess up your separation.

When you split up, your first step is to change all your passwords. You do not need your former spouse messing with your Facebook profile or work emails, so develop a strong password that people cannot guess – think outside of pet names, birthdays, etc.

Ditch any shared accounts

There are circumstances when sharing an online account makes sense. You may share a Netflix or an Amazon Prime account with your spouse due to the costs. However, you shouldn’t share any accounts after a divorce. It creates tension, especially if only one partner pays for it.

Luckily, you can ditch all the shared accounts and start a personal profile. Give your former partner a heads up before shutting down any important accounts. It shows maturity and growth on your part. However, if you have a joint bank account, check in with your bank first.

Check your settings on social media

If a former spouse had access to your social media profiles, it’s best to double check through the privacy settings to ensure nothing is public that you do not want public.

All your “friends” on Facebook and Twitter has access to your public information, so you may want to remove your former significant other as a friend. Anything you post on a public profile is eligible as evidence in court, so be aware of what you are posting. Do not flash around pictures of your new car or your kids with a new partner. Your ex may use that for alimony or child custody arguments.

It may be difficult to let go of an old password or Facebook profile because of the memories attached to it. But it helps you move forward into a new future where you and your online reputation can flourish.

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