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How Can I Keep My Divorce Private in New Jersey?

Our firm understands the stress and heartbreak involved in a divorce. We also recognize that many times, individuals want to keep the details of these matters private, especially if they are going through a high profile or a high net worth divorce. It is important to note that there are a number of steps that can be taken during this time to make sure that these personal matters stay solely between the parties that are involved. Read on to learn more and retain the services of our Morris County NJ divorce lawyers for help during this time.

Arrange Temporary Agreements

In the event that a couple divorces, they can profit from constructing temporary agreements sooner with the aid of their attorneys. Doing so can permit both parties to defend their interests by arranging to abide by certain terms throughout the proceedings. Examples can include freezing marital assets until final agreements are determined and setting temporary custody arrangements. By doing so outside of the courtroom, they are also not on a public record.

Use out-of Court Methods

Spouses who can make determinations concerning their marital issues jointly outside of a courtroom can start to reach a settlement fast and calmly. This can be achieved with alternative methods such as mediation, collaborative divorce, or arbitration. Through these methods, couples can work together to reach agreements rather than divorcing through litigation. Once they are finished, proper divorce paperwork can be filed so that their settlement can be endorsed by the court. This gives spouses the best chance at privacy because public records do not include terms that were agreed upon personally.

Utilize Your Prenup

Prior to spouses getting married, they can sign a prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a prenup. This is a document that summarizes how they would want to divide their assets in the event that they divorce in the future. Doing so can be useful for spouses, as it can expedite the process instead of spending more time discussing the details. Furthermore, prenups can occasionally include privacy clauses that guarantee neither spouse speaks publicly about their divorce.

Consider Grounds for Divorce When Filing

At the beginning of their divorce, spouses note the grounds for their divorce, such as fault or no-fault. A couple that wants to keep their divorce private may want to consider these options carefully, as the grounds for a divorce can become public knowledge. While grounds do not affect the outcome of a divorce, they can impact the public view. For instance, citing fault grounds for adultery, abandonment, abuse, etc., may be more complicated than citing no-fault grounds due to irreconcilable differences.


If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.