As a divorce attorney for 36 years, I can assure you that not many of us are able to keep the details behind our divorce confidential, protecting our personal lives. Johnny Depp may be one, but, if so, it’s only because of the special status his high profile Hollywood identity may afford him. Not everyone is always so lucky. Michael Moore certainly wasn’t.
But what about John Q. Public? Well, it’s unlikely that he will even spend the money to ask the court in the first place. (Just the legal fees for preparing the request, researching the reasons to support it, updating the case law behind it, and arguing the motion, among other things, will be substantial.) And it’s unlikely, if he does, that the court will find the client’s “good reasons,” good reason enough. Yet
Unless the clients decide to choose the collaborative divorce process option. In that event, everything is confidential, sometimes even their finances. So consider whether it’s important to you and your spouse to keep your private life, and your children’s private lives, private. If it is, choose the collaborative process to keep your divorce confidential.
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About this week’s authors: Joryn Jenkins.
Joryn, attorney and Open Palm Founder, began her own firm here in Tampa after a 14-year career in law, 2 of which she served as professor in law at Stetson University. She is a recipient of the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen award, an honor bestowed upon those who have provided exceptional leadership to The American Inns of Court Movement. For more information on Joryn’s professional experience, take a look at her resume.