Your long-term relationship has run its course and divorce proceedings are about to commence. There are some sensitive issues that you’d really prefer to keep out of the limelight. Airing them in public will not be productive for anyone, particularly the children.
Is there any way that you can make your divorce more private? Outlined below are some ideas that could help with this.
Think about mediation
Traditionally, divorce may have been viewed as an adversarial process where one former partner bests the other. It’s now becoming common knowledge that this isn’t really how it works. All parties lose out in a divorce that is filled with conflict. Thus, divorce mediation has become increasingly popular. This process allows you and your partner to work together, with representation and a neutral third party, to reach equitable solutions at your own pace.
Another benefit of the mediation process is increased privacy. Litigated divorces can end up being a matter of public record. If you’re a high-profile person or the details of your divorce are particularly interesting, it could even end up being published in the media. Mediation is a confidential and sensitive affair, with only you, your spouse, and interested parties being made aware of the details.
Think about collaborative divorce
Another alternative to litigation that could keep the details of your divorce private is collaborative divorce. The collaborative divorce process allows you and your spouse to each have your own attorney advisor to help you reach an informed resolution. An added benefit is that you will also have your own divorce coach. Divorce coaches are professionals who are knowledgeable about the divorce process, and can help you deal with the emotions that may arise in order to help keep your divorce on track. The attorneys and the coaches agree to work as a team to assist you and your spouse in resolving all issues and coming to an agreement you are both satisfied with.
Limit your social media use
Today, it’s a little unrealistic to expect people to stay off of social media altogether. Online platforms have become a source of news and a way to keep in touch with loved ones. Nonetheless, you’re not obliged to post details about your divorce and neither is your former spouse. Perhaps you might be able to reach an agreement and keep sensitive information away from online platforms?
Whether your divorce is contentious or amicable, it’s important that you protect yourself legally. You can do this by contacting someone with relevant experience in all matters of family law.