Maintaining Privacy During a New Jersey Divorce

If you are concerned about maintaining your privacy during your divorce, read on for some useful tips:

File for a no-fault divorce

When getting divorced, you will have to cite grounds. Grounds refer to the legal reason your divorce is occurring. In New Jersey, you can file on the following grounds.

  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

However, you can also file on no-fault grounds, citing irreconcilable differences. This simply means that the marriage no longer works and is beyond repair. This is the route many couples choose to take, as no-fault grounds are usually more private. This is because they do not require proof of misconduct. For example, if you file on grounds of adultery, you may have to provide proof of adultery. Additionally, grounds can become a matter of public record, so no-fault grounds can help maintain your privacy.

Utilize an out-of-court method

Decisions that are made through the court can become a matter of public record. As a result, it may be best to settle your divorce outside of court. Some common out-of-court methods include:

Mediation

This process involves a neutral third party helping the couple work through the matters of their divorce to find unique solutions. 

Arbitration

Similar to mediation, this also involves a third party. However, the processes differ in the sense that the third party in arbitrated divorces acts as a judge instead of a mediator. This means that the third party can make legal decisions on behalf of the couple. 

Collaborative Divorce

Couples who go through a collaborative divorce each have their own attorney there to represent them, and all parties must work together to find an arrangement that works best for the couple. 

Use your prenuptial agreement

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that declares how a couple’s assets should be divided in the event that their marriage comes to an end. Prenuptial agreements can also include certain clauses. For example, you may include a privacy clause in your prenup that prevents you and your spouse from publicly discussing the divorce. If you did not create a prenuptial agreement, you may still be able to work with an attorney to create a privacy agreement for your divorce.

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.

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