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All About Divorce Records And How To Keep Them Private
The divorce process can be extremely sensitive, often filled with heightened emotions and so many complications to work through. And part of this process includes court documents and records, all of which can be public. And what that means is that anybody could gain access to precise records of how your divorce process played out.
While there are couples who don’t necessarily mind the public reality of their records, however, many prefer to keep them private. If you are in this situation and curious about keeping your public divorce records private, read more below.
What exactly is in divorce records?
The most common worry when it comes to divorce records is the fact that they list accusations, whether they are founded or not. For example, if there were claims of infidelity, substance abuse, or more, it will all be accessible through the record. The records will not denote if the accusation turned out to be true or false and, regardless of the eventual ruling, that’s the kind of claim that can ruin a reputation.
Records also contain sensitive information
Often, divorce records contain sensitive information and details about the couple and their situation. This could mean abuse that has involved a child or deep-rooted secrets and, while most records won’t include those details, accidents can happen. It’s also possible that records could include details on finances, and if leaked, that could mean several problems all their own.
Who typically looks at divorce records?
So who, exactly, would be looking at divorce records? For starters, employers may examine them when evaluating a potential employee since, like criminal records, they could provide certain suggestions.
The media could also look into divorce records, especially if the couple or one spouse is prominent in the community.
Settling out of court will prevent details in records
One of the best ways to circumvent the court and avoid details on record is to settle out of court. This means that both spouses work with their lawyers at the beginning of the process to avoid having to file court documents. This depends on the couple since some spouses aren’t able to come to agreements, civilly.
Having divorce records sealed
Although it’s not a simple process, getting divorce records sealed is the best solution for keeping them private. The only way to get a record sealed is by a judge, and there must be a good reason for that. Typically, judges may be reluctant to seal the entire record, but they might block out certain details like names or finance details.
If you’re going through a divorce and wish to keep your sensitive information private, you’ll want to enlist an attorney. At the offices of Koleilat Law, our team specializes in divorce and ensures excellent support and counsel. Contact us, today, to learn more about keeping your records private.