Getting divorced is hard enough, but having all the details made public can be even harder. There are many reasons why a person or couple may wish to keep the specifics of their divorce private, but most generally those reasons are financial or for the safety and well-being of the parties or children. If you are worried about sensitive information being made available for public viewing, there are steps you can take to keep your divorce details private.
Two ways to keep information regarding your divorce case private, and not accessible by anyone performing a public search, are:
- Refrain from posting the details of your case on social media. Even if you make all of your account settings private, there is a small portion of information that may still be visible. Take matters into your own hands, and simply forego updating your status. Doing so will ensure the issues you want to keep to yourself stay put.
- Ask the Court to seal certain documents. There are some items that the Court will agree to seal from the record, such as financial data or medical records. Having a record sealed does require you to file certain documents within your case, and might even include a hearing before the Judge. We are equipped to file these pleadings on your behalf, and make the necessary argument to the Judge for you.
If the Judge remains unconvinced that an entire document requires sealing, you can also ask that specific information contained within the document be removed. Things like children’s names and ages, identifying information such as a social security number of tax ID number, and anything that relates to a victim of domestic violence are all types of information that the Court will routinely order to be removed from a document. Removal can take the form of “whiting out” the information or simply running a permanent black marker over the text. This method of keeping private information out of records available to the public is referred to as redaction, and helps to safeguard your personal information. If you have concerns about what information is available to the public, call our office for assistance.
For more information about divorce, contact our office today. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.