Arizona Divorce Records Search
Searching for Divorce Records in Arizona
In today’s day and age, there is a lot of discussion about privacy. The explosion of social media sites and online outlets for information distribution have made many want to bury their heads in the sand. The thought of all the free-flowing information online is particularly concerning when you have something happening in your life you would prefer not be exposed to public view; particularly if you are going through a divorce. It is very easy for anyone to find out about your divorce simply by doing an Arizona divorce records search.
You can do an Arizona divorce record search to see what documents are filed in your divorce in Arizona. For example, you can visit the Maricopa County Superior Court Family Law docket to do an Arizona divorce records search in Maricopa County, Arizona.
You can search other county divorce records by simply searching the county in which a case has been filed followed by either “divorce docket” or “family law docket”. Alternatively, you may access court records in any Superior Court in Arizona by going to the official Arizona court record search website.
Most Arizona Divorce Records Are Not Confidential
There is a definite concern for privacy when it comes to divorce records and Arizona divorce records search. Generally speaking, any court proceeding is a public matter. In almost all jurisdictions, this will include divorce cases handled by the court. An exception would be if the court were to issue an order sealing the file in your divorce. A court may seal the record in your case if, for example, the court finds doing so is in your children’s best interests.
It is very difficult to get a divorce case sealed in Arizona. As a matter of public policy, court proceedings are open to the public. That policy is based upon the notion that cases litigated in public courts, which are funded with taxpayer funds, should be open to public scrutiny. Although that policy has much less of a personal effect when one company is suing another company, it has a much greater impact when dealing with what would otherwise be the personal and private information relating to family disputes.
Who Can Request Divorce Records in Arizona
Anyone may request copies of any documents filed in an Arizona divorce case. Those records, likewise, are subject to being disseminated across the Internet, used to harass someone, or used in a plethora of other nefarious ways.
Attorneys are particularly adept at drafting pleadings in such a way as to cause the other party to appear in a bad light. Regardless of whether the accusations are subsequently proven or not, those allegations remain in the pleadings filed in the case.
If you are concerned about your privacy in an Arizona divorce case, you are not alone. Divorce is a personal matter and in a perfect world, it could be handled that way. There are ways, however, to keep the personal details and accusations in your Arizona divorce case private.
As discussed above, you may ask the court to seal your case. However, it is very difficult to do so given the strong public policy and Arizona laws that strongly discourage judges from sealing records in a case.
When we represent high profile clients concerned about their divorce impacting their personal or professional reputation, we often opt for private Arizona divorce mediation or arbitration to resolve the issues in their cases. This keeps many of the details private from the public. Although the public may see the final decision, which must be filed with the court, it prevents the public from having access to all of the unproven allegations raised by either or both parties.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article about a search for divorce records to ensure everyone has access to information about divorce in Arizona. Chris is a divorce attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce.