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Why seal the records in a high asset divorce?

For some Massachusetts residents, privacy is a very personal matter, one that is taken seriously. A high asset divorce is often seen as a major invasion of that privacy since divorce records will become part of the public record, available for anyone to access for any reason. That means that a couple's financial information and personal matters can be placed in the public realm, a thought that many people find difficult to bear.

A solution lies in asking the court to seal a couple's divorce records. This is often viewed as a move made only by politicians and celebrities, and a great deal of media coverage has been recently made of the sealing of records in the Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie divorce. However, sealing records is a request that any couple can make, no matter their net worth or level of fame.

One of the biggest benefits of having divorce records sealed involves privacy. Many couples would like to avoid having their financial information available for anyone to access. In fact, with identity theft and other financial crimes becoming more commonplace, protecting this information is more important than ever before. Some couples also want to shield their kids from personal information that might come out during the course of a divorce, such as issues related to adultery, drug or alcohol abuse, or other matters.

In order to have divorce records sealed, a couple must approach the court to make an argument as to why such an action is appropriate. A family law attorney can assist in that process and can advise spouses on the best way to proceed. For many in Massachusetts who are preparing for a high asset divorce, this is a topic worth consideration.

Source: CNBC, "How to divorce like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie", Jessica Dickler, Jan. 11, 2017

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