When couples get divorced, many worry about privacy. This is an important concern. A divorce can be a very difficult process, and your mental health is important. As a result, you may not want people asking you about your divorce, discussing the details of it, and so on. Luckily, there are a number of ways to help protect your privacy during your divorce.
Settle your divorce outside of court
One of the best ways to maintain your privacy is to settle your divorce outside the court. For example, litigation takes place through the court and can become a matter of public record. Some out-of-court options include:
- During mediation, a neutral third party will help the couple work through the matters of their divorce.
- Arbitration is similar to mediation in that it occurs outside of the court and involves a neutral third party. However, it is different in that this third party acts as a judge and can make decisions on behalf of the couple.
- Collaborative divorce
- This type of divorce involves each party obtaining their own attorney. Then, the couple and their attorneys will have a series of meetings to work together and settle the matters of the divorce. Other parties may be involved, including expert witnesses, forensic accountants, and more.
Consider fault grounds
In New Jersey, you can cite the following fault grounds:
- Extreme cruelty
- Narcotics addiction or alcoholism
- Deviant Sexual Misconduct
- Institutionalization due to mental illness
However, it is often beneficial to file for a no-fault divorce. This is because fault grounds can be a matter of public record. Additionally, fault grounds may require proof. For example, if you file on grounds of adultery, you may need to provide evidence of the adultery, which can be invasive and difficult.
Utilize your prenuptial agreement
A prenuptial agreement is a great way to help maintain your privacy. Some prenups include privacy clauses that prevent spouses from publicly discussing the divorce. If you did not create a prenuptial agreement, you may be able to put a temporary agreement in place to help ensure your privacy.
If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your privacy during a New Jersey divorce, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with an experienced divorce attorney.
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