Michigan divorce proceedings encompass a variety of processes. They often include issues such as child support, custody and dividing property equitably. Working out the details can become frustrating if you or your spouse have ownership in a business and both of you have significant assets. Litigation may feel like your only option for moving forward.
According to the Michigan Court, the public can access information about divorce and family cases in the judicial system. During divorce court, the details of your life come out. Documents filed with a court become part of public records, which makes them accessible by virtually anyone. If maintaining your privacy through this challenging time is a priority, you can take steps that minimize exposure.
Request to seal records
Statutory law guarantees public access to certain types of court records in the interest of transparency. As a result, the court rarely grants the request and seals records. Once the judge receives the request, the court schedules and posts notice of a public hearing. You and your spouse may both state your preferences at that time. Regret, embarrassment or inconvenience are typically not enough for approval. However, if you can show a reasonable necessity for sealing the documents, the judge may grant the request.
Limit the submitted information
Private agreements provide some control over how much of your life is accessible through public records. The contents are separate from court documents. Consider negotiating portions of the settlement through a private agreement instead of litigating. The details of your arrangement can remain private.
Dividing sizable assets such as real estate, retirement accounts and businesses is often a complex process. Understanding how it works is critical in determining a strategy that helps you obtain a satisfactory settlement and move forward with your life.