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How to keep divorce private

When people discuss divorce cases, they often talk about a legal process where two parties argue in front of a judge. In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is common knowledge that legal matters settled in a courtroom can be publicized since anyone can attend the session. For divorcing couples who want to settle their divorces privately, they may be thinking of a way to keep all divorce issues out of open court. Protecting the privacy in divorce is necessary, especially if there are children involved and a business or other huge assets are at stake.

Divorcing individuals may choose alternative options to make the divorce private. Litigation is publicized, which is why mediation and collaborative law are sometimes preferable choices. By using these alternative methods, divorcing couples can discuss divorce legal issues by themselves, without a judge. In court, everything is documented whereas alternative methods enable both parties to discuss issues privately. To further protect the privacy of those involved, both parties should agree that they will keep all issues discussed private. Legal professionals, mediators, counselors and therapists should also swear not to speak of the case publicly in order to protect the privacy of the divorcing individuals.

How the divorce case proceeds depends on who is involved. A divorcing spouse who wishes to keep the case private should urge the other party to settle the case out-of-court. However, the case itself can end in litigation if the other party refuses to settle the case privately.

Divorcing individuals should always prepare for the worst. They may choose to handle the case by themselves or they may ask an experienced divorce attorney to handle all the legal aspects of the case.

Source: Forbes.com, "Protecting privacy in a divorce," Russ Alan Prince, Dec. 8, 2014

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