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The link between identity theft and divorce

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2017 | Divorce, Firm News |

If your marriage has come to end, you may be facing all sorts of uncertainties. On the one hand, you could be worried about your financial future, whether you are unsure about child support payments or property division. Or, perhaps you have concerns about custody or visitation. We also know that people can run into problems with their former spouse. Although many people have encountered strong emotions and verbal disputes, some people have been hit with additional hardships, such as becoming an identity theft victim.

There are a variety of reasons why someone may face identity theft during or after a divorce. For starters, someone may have access to personal information such as their spouse’s social security number, credit card number, date of birth, and other critical details. With this information in hand, they may be able to open new accounts or empty an existing account. Moreover, the misuse of an identity may be even more likely during divorce because of the bitterness that some people experience. People can be very emotionally charged when it comes to the end of marriage and some become so upset that they are willing to break the law.

If you have been a victim of identity theft and are in the middle of a divorce, you may want to look into the ways that this offense could impact the case. You should be prepared to defend your rights when these difficulties arise. Our divorce section provides a clearer look at various aspects of family law.