Do medical records become public when they are filed in divorce cases?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Nebraska and Iowa divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
Depending on what you mean by “filed,” without proper proactive action, the medical records could become public.
In some states, divorce lawyers must request a protective order to protect the information and have it filed under separate seal or cover when certain information is included. This includes social security numbers, birthdates, or medical information.
Typically, a family law attorney would request the courtroom be closed during testimony, that all documentation be protected under a protective order, and that what can be termed a “gag order” be placed in effect to keep the parties from disclosing the information.
If the information is filed as an exhibit, and exhibits are public in your jurisdiction, as they are where I practice, your information can be accessed by anyone without the necessary action to keep your information confidential.
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Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.