How to Keep Your Divorce Private | Schulz Stephenson Law
Divorces can be messy, and sometimes having your friends and family find out about a split before the time is right can cause additional stress. Maintaining a good reputation is important to most people, of course, but it’s particularly important when a business or community reputation is at stake. Keeping the details of a divorce private may not seem necessary to some, but if you’re hesitant to file for divorce because of the backlash and gossip that may accompany it, here are a few tips to keep it all to a minimum:
If you have a trustworthy confidante to rely on and share your current problems, that’s great. However, if you’re looking to maintain a private and quiet divorce, being selective in who knows the details is essential. Place your emotional tendencies aside and evaluate the situation before sharing info. Better yet, find a professional who can help you work through the appropriate steps and cope with the process and the emotions that accompany a divorce. This will not only keep your divorce details private, but also help you work through an already difficult situation slowly and with a level-head.
Try to Retain Normality
Just as maintaining a routine in a household is important for familial stability, it can also help maintain privacy during a tumultuous time. Keeping your daily routine during a divorce not only signals that not much has changed, but it will also help you move forward in the separation. The inevitable changes are bound to occur but keeping your daily routine as consistent as possible will help you and your family adjust to the new normal in your own time and without outside input or influences.
Sign a Confidentiality Clause
If the confidentiality of your divorce has surpassed your own control, sometimes lawyers will add a confidentiality clause to your divorce documents. While many may find this overreaching because the divorce papers are already protected by a court of law, this clause can maintain a higher level of privacy. It bars either spouse from talking about the divorce with anyone, meaning extended family, friends, or work colleagues. Using this will penalize the spouse in violation with punitive damages, making it a surefire way to protect your private details in the messiest of divorces.
If you have questions about making your divorce as private as possible, call us today. Our team of family law professionals can help you navigate the process and do what’s best for your family.