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Privacy Issues in Collaborative Cases


Couples who want to keep their family law issues private.

Privacy is an important dimension of the separation of parties, establishment of paternity if parties are not married and have children, or  divorce process.  Public dissemination of the personal details of your family and your financial life can be embarrassing, professionally damaging, and hurtful to your children. Most couples want to protect their children and their family from these risks of conventional litigation and do not want the details of their divorce to become public knowledge. People are generally unaware that the courtroom is public and in many instances open to any member of the press or community who can sit in the courtroom during these proceedings.  Additionally, conventional litigation creates a public record of your documents, that contain the details of your relationship, marriage, separation and or divorce.  

In many counties, these documents are available for review online. Most couples would rather not have the details of their life on display for public inspection, especially if it  involves high-conflict issues,  children, financial concerns or the typical mudslinging of acrimonious and adversarial litigation. Parties friends, colleagues, neighbors, and the curious – any one – can learn the details of the accusations made by you and by your spouse, or others,  regardless of the truth of these allegations.

In a Collaborative Case your privacy is protected. Only you, your spouse, or the other parent and your Collaborative team know the details of your Case. Equally important is that the Collaborative process is designed to reduce high conflict and prevent the derogatory accusations from impeding a settlement that works for every member of the family.