What are some options to keep a divorce private?

What are some options to keep a divorce private?

| Mar 2, 2020 | Divorce

If you are a high-profile person, when you file for divorce, it is likely that the media will run a story about it. If you are unlucky, the media will focus on your divorce and start to dig into your personal life. This only adds stress to the situation and can make it difficult to get through this trying time. There are some things that you can do to try to lessen the likelihood that your divorce makes front page news.

Vanity Fair suggest that you time the filing of your divorce right. If you file your divorce around a holiday or during a time when there is something else going on in the news, you could stay under the radar or avoid major media coverage. The worst time to file is when there is nothing else going on. At times like those, the media is hungry for any story to report, so even if your divorce is not that shocking or newsworthy, they will pick it up and run with it.

You can also file your case in a branch office and not a main county office. There is some speculation that county clerks in some areas will provide tips to the media about divorces of celebrities. If you file at a branch office, you may at least avoid anyone knowing until the media finds the information on its own. This can buy you a little time to prepare for the onslaught of media coverage.

However, the best way to avoid media coverage is to figure out your divorce agreement prior to filing with the court. Doing all the work beforehand can help you move swiftly through the process once you file, which will provide less for the media to report on, so you may not get much attention at all. It allows you to work through the details without having the public or media watching, which can help to reduce the stress of the situation. Of course, you will have to be careful about attorney meetings and living separately if you often have the paparazzi monitoring your actions.

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