When a person goes through a divorce, it is usually one of the most impactful moments of their life. It is because of this that they usually wish to keep the matter private, especially if it is a high profile or high net worth divorce. There are certain steps that can be taken during this time to ensure intimate details remain between the direct parties involved and not the public. Continue reading to learn more and contact a New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance dealing with these matters.
Use out of Court Methods
When spouses are able to work together to make decisions regarding their marital issues, they can start to reach a settlement as fast and quietly as possible outside of the courtroom. This can be done with alternative methods can include mediation, collaborative divorce, or arbitration. These allow couples to come to agreements between themselves instead of divorcing through litigation. Once this is done, they can file divorce paperwork and have their settlement approved by the court. This allows spouses the best chance at privacy, as public records do not include terms that were agreed upon privately.
Put Temporary Agreements in Place
Spouses who are going into a divorce can benefit from working with their attorneys to create temporary agreements. This can allow them to protect both of their interests by agreeing to certain terms before they begin the proceedings. Examples of this can include freezing marital assets until final agreements are made and putting temporary custody arrangements into place. By handling these matters outside of the courtroom, they do not become public record.
Use Your Prenup
A prenuptial agreement (“prenup”) is a document that is signed by two spouses before they get married, outlining how they wish to divide their assets if they divorce in the future. This can benefit spouses in these situations, as it lays out exactly how they can settle their divorce. The document can sometimes include privacy causes as well to make sure neither spouse talks about their marriage and divorce.
Consider Grounds for Divorce When Filing
When a divorce begins, spouses must cite grounds for their divorce. This may be fault or no-fault grounds. Spouses who wish to keep their privacy should consider these options carefully, as they can impact the public perception of the divorce. They may wish to not cite fault grounds for reasons of adultery, abandonment, abuse, etc., due to the fact that this can become a public record. Instead, they may want to cite no-fault grounds due to “irreconcilable differences.”
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