Even though you have decided to end your marriage, you do not want your friends, family members or the public at large to know the sordid details of your divorce. This makes sense, as you have always protected your personal privacy. Still, like in other states, divorce records are public in Georgia.
Luckily, while you may not be able to keep everyone from finding out about your divorce, you can take steps to protect your privacy.
Opt for mediation
If you want to protect your privacy, having a long divorce battle in open court is not advisable. After all, courtrooms are public places. Despite what many movies would have you believe, you do not have to litigate the end of your marriage. Indeed, you can opt for mediation.
Divorce mediation mostly stays out of the public eye, giving you an opportunity to negotiate a settlement without worrying about what others think. Even if you cannot settle every detail during mediation, tackling most divorce-related issues is sure to shorten the amount of time you have to spend in court.
Be discreet on social media
According to Psychology Today, spending too much time on social media can be extremely detrimental to a person’s mental health. It also can move the end of your marriage into the public square. Consequently, if you would like your divorce to remain a private affair, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse should exercise discretion before logging onto any public platform.
Your divorce attorney can help you explore other options for keeping your divorce private, such as filing a request to seal your case. Ultimately, though, if privacy is one of your major concerns, you should inform your lawyer as early as possible.