Divorce: How Mediation and Collaborative Law Can Protect Your Privacy and Why It Matters

Collaborative Law

Choosing Mediation or Collaborative Divorce as your divorce process carries with it a precious and often underestimated benefit—privacy. These processes offer a shield against the public scrutiny that can accompany the traditional divorce process. In the courtroom, proceedings are supervised by judges and court personnel, recorded by stenographers, and witnessed by strangers. Personal information is laid bare as part of the court file. Mediation and Collaborative Divorce discussions happen in a private setting, away from everyone except the professionals who you have chosen to help you reach resolution. And mediation and collaborative ensure that your information remains confidential even after the process ends. In my practice, the agreement we sign at the very beginning of the process ensures that all meetings, interactions, and correspondence will remain confidential.

Even when the time comes to file divorce papers in court, mediation, and collaborative work to protect your privacy. In New York, only the information the Court requires to grant the  divorce is included in the papers submitted. The personal information about  the marriage, the emotional disclosures, and any sensitive details about the couple’s history need never be revealed.

The dissolution of a marriage is a deeply personal life event. It often entails delicate discussions of information that you may prefer to keep private. Choosing a process that  respects and prioritizes privacy ensures that you can engage in these sensitive conversations openly, without fear of public exposure or judgment.

The value of privacy and confidentiality in Mediation or Collaborative Divorce extends far beyond legal technicalities. It is one of the important ways these processes are designed to preserve your dignity during often challenging times. The reassurance that personal details will remain confidential empowers you to navigate the divorce process with greater peace of mind and emotional security. Minimizing the harmful impacts of divorce is one of the main reasons people choose mediation and collaborative law. One of the ways it succeeds in that mission is by protecting your privacy.

Ivan Alter is an experienced Westchester County Mediator and Collaborative Divorce Attorney.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 914-861-2400 or visit https://www.ivanalter.com. Our office is located at 118 N. Bedford Rd. Suite 100 Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

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