Are Divorce Files Made Public in the UK?

In addition, your solicitors should advise you that both you and your spouse are required to keep all information provided within divorce proceedings completely confidential.

This means that both you and the other party should refrain from showing or providing copies of documents disclosed within divorce and financial proceedings to anyone. This includes close friends and family.  If there are any issues with their disclosure, you should discuss these with your legal representative.

Of course, there are some divorces that attract the attention of the media. This is often because:

  • the divorce involves a high profile person
  • the divorce case has a specific aspect which involves testing a principle of law, or a possible law change

However, even these types of case are bound by elements of confidentiality and the media will not normally be permitted formal access.

Even where the media are entitled to attend a court hearing, there will often be restrictions relating to how they report their findings, particularly where sensitive financial information is involved.

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