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3 Reasons to Keep Divorce Details Confidential

Earlier this month, a once under-the-radar divorce suddenly turned public, with nearly a half billion dollars at stake. The situation, which involved one unfindable Bahrainian spouse, began with a default divorce ruling awarding the U.S.-based wife $400 million after her husband failed to appear or respond to proceedings. Kept strictly confidential, the order was set to take effect after a certain period of time due to the husband’s unknown whereabouts. At the 11th hour, however, the husband appeared and filed for the court to vacate the judgment – which it did. Now, the nine-figure divorce has become fodder for Galveston gossip, and serves as an important reminder as to why divorce confidentiality is so important:

#3 – Reputation: Let’s face it: when a couple splits up, everyone wants to talk about it. Whether the dissolution involved infidelity, disinterest or – even worse – abuse or abandonment, the neighbors will undoubtedly feel entitled to the information. Of course, there are always two sides to every story, and the truth is usually somewhere in the middle. Working with confidential, professional divorce lawyers through the process is one of the best investments a person can make when going through this difficult situation – and can help ultimately preserve the reputations of all parties involved.

#2 -- Health & Financial Information: Certain aspects of a marriage should always be kept strictly confidential, especially as pertaining to the physical and financial health of the parties. Whether the settlement involves issues like caring for an elderly relative, dividing frozen embryos or dissolving a business partnership, it’s nobody’s business.

#1 – Children: Protecting the privacy of minor children involved in a divorce should be priority #1 for the parents, as well as the legal team involved. Divorce is difficult enough for young children, and keeping the details private from school friends and teammates is absolutely essential in preserving their dignity and self-esteem. When it comes to sharing information with children, we believe that the conversations should be private and age-appropriate, so as to best help them through the emotional aspects of the divorce process.

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