Divorce and Privacy

High profile divorces, like Kim Kardashian’s divorce, sometimes garner a great of public attention.  However, privacy is sometimes a concern during a divorce.  From Rich, Famous Push for Secrecy in Divorce (USA Today):

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers surveyed 1,600 members last year and found that 90% had handled cases where records were sealed. Nearly 50% had been in courtrooms where part of the trial was closed.

While reporting the Welch divorce, TheConnecticut Law Tribune discovered that Connecticut courts had concealed for 38 years the existence of at least 200 divorce and paternity cases. Among those involved were Clarence Clemons, saxophonist in Bruce Springsteen’s band; rock guitarist Rick Derringer; and a University of Connecticut president, the Hartford Courant reported. Connecticut abolished the secret system in 2003.

New York state has the strictest law: Divorce records are sealed from public inspection, without exception, for 100 years. That’s how it should be, says Judith Poller, a lawyer with the Manhattan firm of Bryan Cave. “When there are broken hearts and betrayals, the instinct may be to use whatever ammunition you have. Much of what lawyers and courts do is to seal kids from the ugliness of the divorce.”

Most states take a case-by-case approach to divorce files, says Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She says Minnesota is typical: A judge will seal records if spouses jointly request it, but a news organization may get the records reopened by showing a “great public interest.”



Spousal Maintenance & Alimony

Spousal Maintenance (or alimony) in Washington is determined by the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage and other economic factors, like whether there is a big difference between the spouses’ salaries. It can include financial support through separation and dissolution or divorce.

To read more:
Washington State Legislature: Maintenance Orders for Either Spouse or Either Domestic Partner
WSBA: Dissolution: What You Should Know


Court-Ordered Community Service: Sheriff Community Restitution Program

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Department began the Sheriff Community Restitution Program in March 2011.  Eligible offenders are assigned to work crews, and they work to help pay fines, courts costs and restitution, instead of sitting in a jail cell.  The Spokane Juvenile Court also orders community service as a way to help young people take responsibility for their actions and contribute to the community in a positive way.  Some of the organizations that benefit from community service are The Salvation Army, YMCA, Spokane Food Bank and Martin Luther King Center.


» Newer posts