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Digital assets must be handled in a divorce

Today's world is governed largely by digital services and platforms. Digital assets, such as pictures, documents and social media profiles are a large component of life these days. Interestingly, some people are opting to include those assets in their prenuptial agreements so that they can rest assured they will remain theirs if they end up getting divorced.

If you are interested in keeping your digital assets safe, you should draw up a prenup with that agreement. If you are already married, a postnuptial agreement might be feasible. No matter what, make sure you consider these points:

Determine what might be copied

Some digital assets, such as your personal pictures, can be copied. You can have a copy and your ex can have a copy if the marriage ends. Other assets, such as music downloads, might not be open for copying. In these cases, you will have to determine who will keep what.

Separate accounts provide some protection

You and you spouse should keep your accounts separate. Shared Facebook accounts might seem cute, but they can be a nightmare to handle if you end up getting a divorce. Instead, keep separate accounts so that if something happens and the marriage ends, you accounts are clearly your own. This might mean that you and your spouse can't share an iTunes account, but it might be worth it in the end.

It is imperative that you carefully consider how digital assets will be divided, especially if some of them are business related. Business-related digital assets can be hard to handle, but you will have to determine what needs to happen as you work on the business matters during the property division process.

Source: FindLaw, "3 Legal Tips on How to Handle Digital Assets in a Prenuptial Agreement," George Khoury, Esq., accessed April 27, 2017

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