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Are you still residing together in the same house?
whose computer did you use to delete the accounts?
How did you get access to the account, or have you always had access?
not residing together
my work computer
we had the account on a shared home computer and I knew the password, because I use to check her emails and it was the only email account we had before I got an gmail account back in july of 2009
Yes we were married at the time, she was aware then, but she most likely forgot I remembered the password...it was easy it was our daughters name and her age when we set up the account.
You present a novel question. Unless there was a court order prohibiting you from deleting information from her account, there is no basis to punish you in this regard. For example, temporary orders are issued in a divorce prohibiting the parties from selling assets or changing insurance information, etc.
The other issue is that technically this was a marital account, since it was established during the marriage and you both used it and had access to it. At worst you may get a slap on the wrist and stern warning by the judge if she takes this to court. It would be interesting to see an issue like this go to court because the argument could be made, successfully I think, that it is marital property and until the court awarded the account to your soon to be ex, either party still had the right to access the account in whatever manner they chose. Furthermore, she should have changed the password XXXXX she did not want you to have future access to the account.
Obviously, you should not engage in this type of behavior again but unless it was real property or financial property I do not think there is much recourse that she will be able to pursue against you especially with the history of the account as being joint at one point and being accessed by you throughout the relationship with her knowledge. I hope this helps clarify.
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