How Can I Protect the Privacy of My Divorce in New Jersey?

With divorce being an emotional time in your life, you may want to keep these proceedings private. This especially may be the case if you and your spouse are high net worth individuals. Read on to discover the methods in which you can maintain privacy during your divorce and how a seasoned Nassau County high net worth divorce lawyer at Barrows Levy PLLC can help make this possible.

How can alternative methods of divorce help with privacy?

Suppose you and your spouse prefer to make settlement agreements, such as that of alimony, property distribution, child support, and child custody, as quickly and quietly as possible. In that case, you may be able to accomplish this with alternative methods of divorce to litigation. This is because, with litigation, divorce proceedings will occur in the presence of a New York court and public records will include the settlement terms. This is not the case for alternative methods, so terms that you agreed upon privately will remain private. The following are examples of alternative methods of divorce:

  • Mediation: this process involves a neutral third party, otherwise known as a mediator, who will assist you and your spouse in finding a solution that works for both of your best interests. Your mediator does not necessarily have to be an attorney.
  • Collaboration: this process involves an attorney representing each spouse, who will use negotiation techniques to help move it along. You, your spouse, and your respective attorneys will sign an agreement at the beginning to keep the proceedings confidential and not seek litigation.
  • Arbitration: this process involves an arbitrator who makes the final decision on all terms, much like a judge in court.

What other methods can be used to help with privacy?

Below are other methods you can use to secure the privacy of your divorce proceedings:

  • Create a temporary agreement: with the help of your respective attorneys, you and your spouse can protect your interests by agreeing to abide by specific terms throughout the proceedings. By doing so outside of the courtroom, they will not be included in the public records.
  • Review your prenuptial agreement: if you established this document before your marriage, go over the terms that you agreed upon. This document may include privacy clauses that ensure you or your spouse cannot speak publicly about the divorce. Additionally, you can hurry along the process and possibly decide on settlements outside the courtroom.
  • Consider your grounds for divorce: your grounds may not impact the outcome of your divorce, but they become public knowledge. So, citing fault grounds for adultery may impact your public perception more than citing no-fault grounds for irreconcilable differences.

If you need further assistance with keeping your divorce matters private, contact one of the knowledgeable divorce attorneys in Nassau County today.

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