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Want to Suppress Divorce Records in Colorado?

Divorce cases can address some of the most private and sensitive aspects of people’s lives. What many don’t realize as they consider or proceed with divorce in Colorado, however, is that their court filings and proceedings can become part of the public record. That means that anyone in the future may be able to access those records and find out anything from financial disclosures and settlements to domestic abuse allegations, custody disputes, and more.

The good news is that divorce records do not have to be part of the public record. There can be various options for sealing these records and keeping the details private. Understanding what these options are upfront can help divorcing parties take the necessary steps from the get-go to protect their privacy and make sure their divorce records are suppressed in Colorado.

3 Ways to Keep Divorce Records Private in Colorado

The best way to keep the sensitive aspects of your divorce out of the public record will depend on your circumstances and objectives. Here are some common options for maintaining privacy in Colorado divorce.

1. File a Motion to Seal the Divorce Records

This is a special request, asking the court to file the divorce records under seal to protect certain parties or information associated with the divorce case. Generally, family courts in Colorado are inclined to seal divorce records when there is a need to protect or safeguard:

  • Children’s identities
  • The victims of abuse
  • One party’s reputation if serious or potentially false allegations are made
  • Sensitive personal information or proprietary business information

When deciding whether to grant a motion to seal divorce records, the Colorado family courts will usually focus on determining whether the need for transparency in court proceedings outweighs any potential damage to the parties requesting privacy.

2. Work Out a Compromise in Mediation

Although court motions and proceedings can become part of the public record, mediation proceedings will not. They remain private, as do any agreements that come out of these meetings. That can give divorcing parties a safe space to address whatever sensitive issues they need to with the peace of mind that their discussions will remain private.

When mediation is successful and the disputes of a divorce can be fully resolved through this alternative, it can be a highly effective way to maintain privacy through a divorce.

3. Develop an Out-of-Court Property Settlement

Divorcing parties who can work together to figure out how to settle all of the issues of their dissolution can develop an agreement out of court, keeping the details of their divorce private. Property settlement agreements, which can be used for legal separations and divorce in Colorado, can be easier to devise when there is a valid prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement in place or when both parties retain attorneys to help them.

How Can I Find Out More About Divorce in Colorado?

Contact an experienced Fort Collins divorce lawyer at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC for answers to all of your questions about divorce and experienced advice and counsel going forward.

Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm for a 100% confidential consultation. Phone and Skype consultations are available.

At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our divorce attorneys have deep experience representing men and women in all types of dissolution cases, from same sex divorce and divorce involving children to high-net-worth divorce and exceptionally complicated cases. Strategic and focused, we are proud to be dedicated advocates who exclusively handle family law cases. We are also proud to partner with each of our clients, providing personal attention and unique, practical solutions tailored to fit their needs and help them achieve their objectives.

With The Cossitt Law Firm on your side, you can be confident that you have superior representation at every phase of your case. You can also count on our lawyers to work tirelessly, both in and outside of the courtroom, to help you obtain positive outcomes.

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