Sealing Court Record in an Arizona Divorce

A divorce, although very personal, involves a legal process to dissolve the marriage. Your assets and business holdings are also included because the court must determine how to divide community assets between the two spouses. You have to deal with dividing community assets and debts, the potential payment of alimony (spousal support) and establishing child visitation schedules. Divorce proceedings are very personal to you and your family.

In most states, including Arizona, divorce records and proceedings are accessible to the public. To ensure transparency of the court system, it is necessary to allow the public to have access to court records. Thankfully, certain family law documents may be sealed; thereby preventing the public from gaining access to either certain documents or the entire divorce file.

Documents that may be sealed include healthcare records, most if not all, financial documents, or any information identifying children or a victim of domestic or sexual abuse or violence. You must seek the approval of the courts to seal any records in your case. A motion or application to seal records must be requested if you feel you need documents or information to be sealed.

An experienced family law attorney can help you understand the process of sealing divorce records to protect your privacy. There is a process called “redaction”, which will prevent any identifying information, such as your social security number or bank account numbers, from being revealed to the public. Such information can be blacked out on the actual document to prevent disclosure. Identity theft is so prevalent today that this may be the best option to choose. With the help of your Arizona family law attorney, your identity can be protected even if most of the divorce records are left unsealed and available to the public.

If you are worried about your information and wish to discuss options for sealing your records, please get in touch with the experienced Scottsdale Arizona divorce attorneys at Hildebrand Law.