When you and your spouse realize that it’s time for a divorce, the process is always difficult to navigate. Even in the best circumstances, divorce is an emotional matter, and often draws the interest of your personal and professional community. This is especially true if your divorce is particularly complex.
The more complicated the assets involved in a divorce, the more crucial some privacy can be in a divorce, especially when the way the divorce plays out may affect many individuals. Fortunately, there are some ways to protect your privacy during a high-asset divorce, but it’s important to understand your specific goals as you enter the divorce process.
If you hope to keep your divorce a calm, quiet matter, you probably need a great deal of experienced legal counsel. Not only do you want to achieve a fair divorce settlement that protects your interests, you want legal counsel who understands how to guide you discreetly.
Requesting the court to seal divorce records
If you and your spouse must appear in court during the course of your divorce, be sure to understand how this may impact your hope for a private divorce process. In many instances, your divorce’s court appearances becomes public record through court documentation.
If you wish to protect certain information within your divorce, it is possible to request that the court seal the records that apply to this particular purpose, such as keeping personal information about a minor out of public records. However, sealing every single court document is rarely allowed, so be sure you know how to justify sealing all the records you hope to keep private.
If you hope to keep things out of the public eye or public ears, simply sealing records is a rarely sufficient. You may need to collaborate with your spouse to ensure that you both understand the necessity of appropriate public behavior and conversation.
Mediation and confidentiality
If you and your spouse can manage it, using mediation to negotiate your divorce may be a good fit. Mediation allows spouses to work together with a neutral mediator to reach fair agreements. These agreements are legally binding, so, in some cases, it’s not necessary to appear in court.
Another great advantage to mediation is that the mediation sessions are confidential. This way, you can keep everything discussed in your mediation sessions private, and may even find the setting allows you to approach divorce with calm civility and dignity.