Protecting privacy during a divorce is not a priority for everyone going through a divorce, but it can be crucial when people are in a high-profile relationship, or they have significant assets. For these parties, keeping the details of their marriage and their financial settlements as private as possible can be quite valuable.
If you want to keep your Alabama divorce out of the public eye, there are some missteps you should avoid.
Mistake #1: Getting contentious
Most divorces involve some painful emotions and possible animosity, and it can be easy to let those emotions affect the legal process. A person might make hurtful, false allegations against the other person. Parties may be unwilling to work together to reach agreements, resulting in the need for litigation.
However, going to court and creating drama are easy ways to bring the details of your divorce to the public. Litigation creates a public record of the divorce, and people can be especially interested in more sensational splits.
Mistake #2: Failing to come to an agreement
Divorcing spouses don’t always see eye-to-eye on everything during a split. In some cases, one or both people refuse to agree on anything. However, this can be a big mistake if you value privacy.
Parties can commit to keeping details private in the event of divorce by utilizing prenuptial, postnuptial or confidentiality agreements. Parties can also secure privacy by agreeing to mediate their divorce, which is a confidential alternative to litigation.
Mistake #3: Thinking social media is private
Perhaps the easiest way for details of a divorce to come out is when a party reveals them himself or herself online. People put information in their Facebook status; they overestimate their ability to be cryptic in Instagram captions; they assume messages, tweets or snaps are private.
However, it does not take much to share and decipher people’s information online. Nothing is truly anonymous online, and once you share something on social media, it can be there forever. Therefore, consider staying off social media altogether until your divorce is final.
If privacy is important to you during your divorce, you should avoid these mistakes. You can also consult your attorney to discuss other legal tools that can help you seek fair and quiet resolutions.