What is address confidentiality in family court?

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2023 | Domestic Violence |

Divorce and other family court cases could be stressful. Sometimes, the circumstances could bring about factors concerning the involved party’s safety. In some instances, the people involved might need to put certain boundaries and limitations on private details because of safety risks. If so, the court could implement measures to keep certain information confidential, such as address confidentiality orders.

In family court, an individual could request to keep their address private or confidential from the other involved party. The address is one of the most vital details for court documents. Copies of these files typically go to everyone involved in the case. By asking for address confidentiality, these papers will go to a designated agent instead, possibly the requester’s lawyer or any adult individual.

How can I make an address confidentiality request?

Usually, a person must file a request for confidentiality. It is not automatic in most family court cases. The court could grant it in the following ways:

  • File and sign an affidavit. An individual could do so at the family court clerk. If granted, the court will provide an address confidentiality order, implementing the arrangement.
  • Join the address confidentiality program. It is a state-run program that protects domestic violence victims who relocated for their safety. If deemed applicable, the court will keep the victim’s address private, including other details and identification that could pose safety risks if exposed. This program has a separate application and enrollment procedure.

Initiating these procedures could be straightforward. However, they might not guarantee approval. The decision typically falls on the court after reviewing factors impacting eligibility and necessity.

Receiving protection based on the circumstances

Some family court cases could have factors endangering the involved party’s safety. Fortunately, the court has options to protect them during and after proceedings. Some might consider them unnecessary, but they could be essential.


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