Due to it being complicated and emotional, the divorce process is one of the most painful periods of a person’s life. To you, the divorce has always been and always will be a private matter, not meant for public scrutiny. You want these intimate matters to remain solely between you, your spouse and, if it is your choice, select members of your family. But how do you keep these matters private, especially if you are engaged in a high profile or high net worth divorce? For more information on protecting your privacy during your divorce, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Hackensack, New Jersey divorce lawyer today.
How do you preserve your privacy during a divorce in New Jersey?
You should employ some or all of the following techniques if you are someone who wishes to preserve some measure of privacy during your divorce:
- Use out-of-court methods: If you and your spouse can make decisions regarding your marital issues without stepping foot into a courtroom, you can begin to reach a settlement quickly and quietly. Mediation, collaborative divorce and arbitration are all great alternative methods to stave off protracted litigation that could take months or years to adjudicate and risk public exposure. You can bring it to the court for final approval once you have worked everything out.
- Put temporary agreements in place: Creating temporary agreements beforehand with the assistance of attorneys can benefit divorcing spouses greatly. Both parties can protect their interests by agreeing to abide by certain terms throughout the proceedings. For instance, until they decide upon final agreements or establish temporary custody arrangements, spouses may freeze marital assets. Because they happened out of court, these agreements do not become public record.
- Use your prenuptial agreement: You already have a document that outlines how you want to divide your assets in the event of a divorce because you and your spouse signed a prenuptial agreement before you got married. Additionally, many prenuptial agreements stipulate that neither spouse may speak publicly about the divorce.
- Consider grounds for divorce when filing: At the outset of many divorces, the plaintiff spouse will cite grounds, i.e. fault or no-fault reasons, for the divorce. You may want to carefully consider these options, because the grounds for a divorce may become public knowledge. Furthermore, grounds only impact the public’s perception of the divorce, not its outcome. If you were to cite no-fault grounds, i.e. irreconcilable differences, you may cause less trouble than if you were to cite fault grounds like adultery, abandonment or abuse.
You should reach out to a skilled New Jersey divorce lawyer to discuss your full range of options, regardless of what you decide is in your best interests.
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