The divorce process can be stressful at the best of times. However, tensions can be heightened if your divorce is to become a matter of public record.
Often, couples may wish to separate because of the behavior of one spouse. For example, perhaps a person has committed adultery or engaged in domestic violence. Frequently, neither spouse desires their private family matters to become part of the public record. However, with a litigated divorce, this is likely to be the case. Crucially, the personal details of your case could be accessed upon request.
For couples who wish to protect their privacy during and after divorce proceedings, mediation could be the best option.
Mediation is generally kept private
Typically, Tennessee law ensures that details of the mediation process are kept private. As a result, everything that is discussed throughout the process does not become a matter of public record, barring exceptional circumstances.
Having this guarantee of privacy could make it easier for couples to freely discuss sensitive issues. In turn, that can allow for resolutions that may not have been achieved through litigation. Furthermore, once everything has been settled, and a legally binding agreement has been reached, couples may pursue an uncontested divorce. As a result, the divorce process can be concluded speedily without high levels of conflict and anxiety over invasions of privacy concerns.
Understanding the mediation process could be in your best interests. As a spouse going through a divorce, it is important to know that you have legal rights and protections.