Any time you sign in to Facebook, read the news or watch TV, it likely isn't very long until you come across a story about someone else's divorce. These stories pop up just about everywhere, which can make it feel like divorce and related matters are little more than gossip fodder or that family issues will inevitably be sensational and dramatic.
But the fact is that every day, people go through a divorce or resolve child custody matters without it becoming publicized. Even though most of us aren't celebrities or in high-profile relationships, protecting our own privacy and handling these difficult times in our own way and time can be one of the hardest parts of these situations. However, there are ways to minimize exposure and protect yourself and your family.
- Discuss your wishes with your soon-to-be ex: These days, many people pursue collaboration or mediation to resolve family legal issues. These situations can put you in a position to discuss your wishes regarding privacy more openly and without contention. You may even be able to put confidentiality clauses in prenups, settlements or parenting plans.
- Stay off social media: People are used to seeking support and sometimes validation on sites like Facebook or Twitter, and there is nothing wrong with this to a certain degree. However, posts on these sites can be false, misleading and completely biased. Keeping details off social media and un-friending negative influences can help to avoid contentious confrontations.
- Offer explanations to loved ones who may have questions: To avoid speculation or misconceptions, it can be wise to explain certain matters directly with your closest friends and family. Doing so can ensure accurate information is given to those who play an active role in your life.
While the attorneys at our firm are prepared to protect your legal interests, you can take these steps to protect your personal interests. Between your efforts and ours, you can pursue the fair resolution you deserve. For more information on our services and how we can help you resolve a difficult family legal issue, please visit our website.