Maybe you don’t really want a divorce and wish your life could go on just as it was. Maybe you’re already dreaming of the day your divorce is final and your freedom. Either way, you know that the end of your marriage is inevitable. You just hope that it doesn’t spell the end of your good public reputation in the process.

In both small communities and large, public figures, politicians, business owners and professionals of many sorts worry about the way that they’ll be perceived by their friends, neighbors, co-workers and clients once their angry, embittered spouses are done. Nobody is perfect, but an angry ex-spouse can put quite a spin on a situation when they’re so inclined. That can leave you with a deeply tarnished public persona. 

They also worry about the sheer intrusiveness of the divorce process, particularly if they don’t want their company’s private financials, partnership agreements and other information publicly shared. That’s a real possibility.

What’s the alternative? Consider a confidentiality agreement for your divorce. Confidentiality agreements can limit access to all of the information that’s disclosed during the discovery process of divorce to just the participants involved (the divorcing couple, their respective attorneys and the court). They can also put a ban on sharing that information to the press, on social networking sites and to other people. 

Generally speaking, it’s rare for only one half of a couple to be worried about losing their social standing or damaging their business during a divorce. Confidentiality agreements can allow both parties a measure of security. If you’re interested in learning more, make sure that you speak to your attorney about the possibility.