Protecting Your Privacy Through a Florida Divorce
Divorce can take a toll on every aspect of your life — from your finances to your emotional well-being. Despite the fact that most divorces are contentious, a majority of them still settle. One of the reasons for this is likely due to concerns about privacy. If you proceed through the litigation process, your entire life is pretty much laid out in public records.
No one wants their dirty laundry aired out for the entire world to see. However, it’s important to note that if you proceed with litigation, that’s exactly what will happen. It’s inexpensive to obtain court copies, so if someone wants to see what was in your divorce proceedings, it’s quite easy.
It’s important to protect your privacy through your divorce. It’s also important to reach out to a skilled Boca Raton divorce attorney who can help you resolve the outstanding issues in an attempt to resolve your divorce without proceeding through divorce proceedings.
Try to Reach an Agreement with Your Spouse
As the divorce starts, try to reach an agreement with your soon-to-be ex right away on maintaining confidentiality. It’s in both spouses’ best interests to not have others knowing about their finances and have their personal information shared online or between co-workers, friends, etc. For high-profile couples, there is the risk that the public will see your information as the media will undoubtedly get the records.
Consider other alternatives to litigation in your divorce. Mediation and collaborative divorce are two options that can help you maintain more privacy than proceeding through a formal court trial.
Talk about Privacy with Your Kids
You may not have thought about having a conversation with your kids about the importance of maintaining privacy during the divorce. Children are likely to seek comfort and guidance from other people — teachers, friends, other family members, etc. It’s important that your kids have people in their lives they feel comfortable talking to, but it’s also important that they understand the need to keep your family’s business private.
Sealing Your Records
Even if you’re divorce isn’t of interest to the media or other people, there could be a number of reasons why you don’t want the public to have access to your divorce. Some of these reasons include:
- One spouse has a mental illness
- One or both spouses have an addiction problem
- Either spouse is a political figure
- Allegations or evidence of child abuse
- Public exposure could harm one or both spouses
- Domestic violence allegations
- You are high-profile members of your community
Just remember that while you think you have a valid reason for deserving to have your divorce record sealed, it doesn’t necessarily mean the court will agree. You’ll need an experienced Florida divorce attorney on your side to help convince the judge that you need your records sealed. Judges are more likely to side with the public’s right to access your information unless you have a compelling reason why they should seal the records.
Contact a Florida Divorce Attorney
If you need assistance with your Florida divorce, contact the Law Offices of Schwartz | White at 561-391-9943 to schedule an initial consultation. Let one of our Boca Raton divorce attorneys help with all your Boca Raton family law needs.