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Sealing a divorce can help keep your divorce private

A divorce isn't fun for anyone who's involved, but there is a chance that you can divorce amicably and with grace. One thing you might want to consider is having the courts seal your divorce documents.

Why would you want to have your divorce sealed?

When you don't seal your divorce, it means that anyone, from your neighbors to family, can see what happens in court. They can see the nitty-gritty details on who obtained what in your asset division settlement and even see allegations each of you made against one another.

One way to avoid having to seal the documents while still keeping your privacy is to use initials in the documents. They're harder to look up and verify. Sealing your divorce can take time, too, but it means you know that no one else's prying eyes have access to your information.

If your divorce is based in fault, you might want to seal it to prevent others from seeing your transgressions. For instance, if you cheated on your spouse, that will be on display for the public to see if you don't seal your records. Likewise, if you were the victim of domestic violence, you might want to have your case sealed to protect yourself from concern or questions from those who aren't close to you.

Sealing your divorce is something you and your spouse should discuss. It may be in your best interests to do so, or you may agree it doesn't matter to you. Either way, your attorney can help you if you decide you want to seal the information from your divorce, so others can't get it without asking you directly.

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

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