How to Have a Private Divorce in New York

Your privacy is important. This is especially true during a difficult time like a divorce. Read on to learn more about maintaining your privacy during your divorce.

Consider the grounds on which you file:

“Grounds” refer to the legal reason the divorce is occurring. In New York, spouses will often file for a “no-fault” divorce. This means their relationship has broken down over a period of at least six months and it can no longer be fixed. This is often referred to as an “Irretrievable Breakdown of Marriage.”

On the other hand, spouses who cite fault grounds wish to hold their partner responsible for the end of their marriage. In the state of New York, there are several legally acceptable grounds for divorce, including:

  • Cruel and inhuman treatment
  • Abandonment
  • Imprisonment
  • Adultery

It is important to understand that grounds can become public record. Additionally, they often require proof. To avoid this, consider filing for a no-fault divorce.

Utilize a prenuptial agreement:

A prenuptial agreement is a legal document that declares how your assets should be divided in the event that your marriage comes to an end. It is important to know that in addition to dividing your assets, you can also include some matters of your divorce. For example, some prenups include a privacy clause that prevents spouses from publicly discussing the details of their divorce.

Settle your divorce outside of court:

One of the best ways to maintain your privacy is to get divorced outside of court. This is because matters that are settled in court can become public record. Some of the most common out-of-court divorce methods include:

  • Mediation
    • Mediation takes place outside of the court and involves a neutral third party working with the couple to find creative solutions to the matters of their divorce.
  • Arbitration
    • Arbitration is similar to mediation in that it also takes place outside of the court and involves a neutral third party. However, in this case, the third party can act as a judge and make decisions on behalf of the couple.
  • Collaborative divorce
    • A collaborative divorce involves each member of the couple obtaining an attorney. Then, a series of four-way meetings take place between the couple and their attorneys.

If you have any questions or concerns about maintaining your privacy during your divorce, contact our firm.

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