Court records are accessible by the public. While not everyone may have access to court information from their computer, one may be able to go to the courthouse to obtain certain documents or pleadings about a particular case. For many parties in family law matters, privacy is important. Whether parties are discussing finances or child custody, they may not want their information released to the public.

If you are wondering how to protect your privacy amidst a custody or divorce matter, it is always best to consult with an attorney. Your attorney can instruct you of the best practices for maintaining your privacy during your family law matter.

Privacy of Meditation

Mediation is considered an alternative dispute resolution method. Mediation means both parties willing agree to utilize a “mediator,” who is a neutral family law attorney, to help settle the case and draft a settlement. Mediation is considered to be a more discreet and private process than proceeding with ligation.

Privacy through Confidential Court Filings

There are two different types of filing for court pleadings. You can file them as “Public” or “Confidential.” The court will only allow you to file confidential documents as confidential. This means only court employees can view the document. For example, the court considers the following information confidential to the public:

  • Social Security Numbers
  • Employer Identification Numbers
  • Financial account numbers
  • Income tax returns
  • W-2 forms
  • Pay statements
  • Credit card statements, and
  • Other financial source documents.

Privacy of Sealed Divorce Records

All court records are public unless the parties specifically ask that they be sealed. A judge will be the final determiner for if a record can be sealed. Courts are more likely to seal records for some of the following reasons to:

  • Protect victims of domestic violence
  • Protect confidential business information
  • Protect confidential information
  • Protect the children

If you are considering having your records sealed or wondering how to protect your privacy during a divorce, contact our office. Our experienced divorce attorneys are ready to create the best strategy for your matter. Call our office at (763) 323-6555 or submit an online contact inquiry request through our website to schedule your consultation today.

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Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved…

Jason C. Brown has represented a wide variety of family law clients over the last 20 years, including teachers, homemakers, union construction workers, doctors, truck drivers, accountants, business owners, engineers, lawyers, mortgage brokers and Fortune 500 executives. Many of his cases have involved complex custody disputes, alimony claims, and high net worth individuals, including several divorces in which the value of the marital estate exceeded ten million dollars. Every client, no matter their background, is important to Jason.

Jason routinely provides mediation services for family court litigants. He was a longtime board member and corporate secretary for Northgate Church in Ramsey. Early in his career, Jason served as law clerk to the Honorable Timothy R. Bloomquist, retired Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District.