So you know the family is falling apart, and the only reasonable solution to peace of minds is a divorce.  But you know you want to keep things quiet, keep the family insulated from scrutiny or criticism from friends or family members.  And if you’re Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony, you also want to keep the details away from the media.

Although news reports have been rather thin, it appears after seven years the glam couple is divorcing.  Yet, where is the media when you need all the gory details in fine print?  Sure, they’ve begun the spin and rumors have begun to spread.  But where’s all the juicy details?  They’re simply not out there.  And for that, credit has to be extended to the couple for attempting to handle the matter outside the eyes of the public by reaching an out-of-court settlement before making their divorce public.

Celebrities have finally come to understand how damaging an ugly divorce can be to their images and their reputations.  That’s why they are encouraged to handle their cases quickly, and to settle their personal issues outside of court, rather than in it.  By doing so, these cases can often cost much less than the legal fees in normal family law cases.

In California, divorces are open to the public.  Family law courts cannot seal records but for rare situations.  Detailed financial information, personal matters and allegations are made public for all to see when the court system is used to resolve matrimonial differences.  So if you want to keep your private life out of the minds of ordinary citizens, and keep the expenditure of dollars and cents to a minimum, it is suggested to seek a strong divorce attorney first, one that can help conclude your case privately before it begins.