Protecting Your Privacy During Divorce
Almost anything that happens in the courtroom is a matter of public record. If you are going through a high-asset divorce or one of you is a community leader or public figure, it is best to prepare for your divorce to attract some publicity. High-profile and high-conflict divorce can threaten your privacy in several ways. Anyone can go to the DuPage County, IL, court’s website and look up your case unless it has been sealed. If you suspect that your divorce may become a matter of public or local interest, it is important to work with a Wheaton, IL, divorce attorney who is experienced in high-asset and high-profile divorce. There are steps you and your attorney can take to protect your privacy and your children’s privacy while your case is pending.
Tips for Keeping Your Divorce Issues Private
There are many reasons that people who are getting divorced may wish to keep their case as private as possible. If your marriage ended for a more dramatic reason, such as infidelity, abuse, or hidden assets, it is more likely to attract attention. Some tips for keeping your personal business private include:
- Uncontested divorce - If you and your spouse are able to reach an agreement on each issue in your divorce, there is no reason for a hearing in court. If you contest the divorce, a significant portion of the evidence and testimony introduced could become available to the public. On the other hand, what happens in the mediation room can remain strictly private. Your mediator is not to reveal anything said or done during the course of mediation.
- Manage publicity carefully - If you are approached by the media, the best thing to do is refer them to your attorney. Making a public statement on your own could lead to trouble. While you may be quite tempted to publicly place blame on your spouse - especially if they treated you poorly - doing so is likely to attract even more attention. If you must make a statement, consult your attorney first.
- Protect your children - Many matters concerning children can be sealed or otherwise kept from the public. Speak to your attorney about ways to protect your child’s privacy, such as by creating a parenting plan out of court.
Going through a divorce while the public watches with interest can be emotionally draining. An attorney can help you keep your personal affairs as private as possible.
Contact a DuPage County, IL, Divorce Lawyer
Andrew Cores Family Law Group is dedicated to helping high-profile and high-asset individuals keep their divorce out of the public eye as much as possible. Our experienced Wheaton, IL, divorce lawyers will do all we can to guard your privacy and your children’s privacy. Contact us at 630-871-1002 for a complimentary consultation.