When going through a divorce, often very personal and intimate details about your finances and family affairs can be laid out in a public setting for all to witness. Many clients wonder whether these family law proceedings can be made confidential in order to protect their privacy. In Florida, a divorce or other family law matter is considered a public court case and all pleadings are typically made available for the public to view upon request. Further, court hearings in Florida are generally public proceedings where members of the community and media may have access.
Can the court seal pleadings or order that court proceedings be confidential? In very limited circumstances, that may be an option. It is important to discuss these matters with your expert family law attorney. Your family law attorney may be able to discuss options available to you that can potentially protect your privacy and limit public intrusion into your private affairs.