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Are Divorce Records Public in Florida?

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What Information About Your Divorce is Available to the Public?

In Florida, divorce falls under the umbrella of family law. Family court records are available to the public and can be accessed in person at your local county clerk’s office or online. However, under certain circumstances, some divorce records may be kept private. Here’s what you need to know.

How Can I Keep My Divorce Record Private?

One way to keep your divorce record private is to request to have them sealed by the court. There are exceptional circumstances that enable you to ask the courts to consider sealing your divorce record:

You must show good cause that a public divorce record could cause damage to:

  • Your relationships.
  • Reputation.
  • Finances.
  • Career.

A judge may consider the following when deciding to seal your divorce record:

  • Does your divorce have public significance?
  • Will harm be caused to the divorcing couple if made public?
  • Are there any other ways the spouses can be protected?
  • How much public interest will there be in the divorce information?
  • Do the legal documents attached to the divorce have proprietary or sensitive information?
  • Will the welfare of children involved be at risk?

Will Sensitive Information Be Included in My Public Divorce Record?

If your request to seal your divorce record has not been granted, sensitive information that could be compromised will not be disclosed and automatically redacted, such as:

  • Social security numbers.
  • Bank account information.
  • Sensitive information regarding your children.

If you are concerned about the privacy of your divorce records and need help with getting them sealed, contact an experienced divorce lawyer for help.

Considering Divorce? We are Here For You.

Divorcing your spouse is a hard decision to make. When coming up against the challenges of divorce, it can seem like it’s a never-ending rollercoaster ride. And when children, a business, and high-value assets are involved, it can be highly stressful when trying to navigate the complexities of family law.

While Florida divorce laws may be complicated, knowing that you have the knowledge and support of an experienced divorce lawyer on your side is paramount to a successful outcome. If you are feeling frustrated and don’t know where to start, we are here for you. Our family law attorneys will answer all of your questions and ease your concerns about the divorce process. We are ready to lend you the support and care you deserve.

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. today at (904) 770-3141 to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.