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 Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper