The divorce of famous quarterback Tom Brady and equally famous supermodel Gisele Bündchen caught the sports and celebrity worlds by surprise. While there had been rumors their marriage was troubled, the couple announced their divorce was finalized with almost no warning.
For such a well-known couple, this is almost unheard of. Many couples struggle to keep their divorces private, and details of their personal lives are made public for everyone to see. Why were Tom and Gisele different?
The answer appears to be that the couple was strategic in their split. By working together, they avoided many disputes and pitfalls that require divorcing spouses to appear in court or file public disclosures. As such, they navigated the entire divorce process without having to publicly file information that would have made them the target of media scrutiny.
With the right approach, you can do the same. The following three strategies can help you keep your split as private and efficient as Tom and Gisele.
1. Have a Prenuptial or Postnuptial Agreement
Tom and Gisele were incredibly well-known in their fields by the time they married in 2009. As such, it is no surprise they had a prenuptial agreement that dictated many details of their divorce in advance.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements allow you and your spouse to set terms regarding how assets will be split and whether spousal support will be awarded long before a divorce is on the horizon. If you have one in place, following it can prevent disputes that may require you to go to court and publicize your split.
2. Know Your Priorities
Everything Gisele and Tom have said publicly about their split highlights that they are equally dedicated to their kids. The couple knew from the beginning that custody and child support would be the most significant potential hurdle in their split. They clearly collaborated on their parenting plan, allowing them to avoid messy custody battles.
Knowing your own priorities is invaluable for an efficient and private divorce. Whether you are similarly focused on your kids or want to protect a business, setting priorities can help you avoid unnecessary disputes. You’ll find it easier to compromise on the details and find a mutually satisfying settlement that lets you keep your financial information private.
3. Use Mediation
If you’re concerned about your ability to negotiate with your spouse, consider working with an experienced mediator. These neutral third parties work with you to help you discuss matters with your spouse and find reasonable compromises. As a result, they can help you avoid litigation, keeping your split out of the public eye.
Expert Legal Counsel Helps Maintain Privacy During Your Divorce
If there’s one thing that’s clear about Gisele and Tom’s split, it’s that they received excellent legal counsel. If privacy matters to you, consult with the knowledgeable divorce attorneys at Viola Law, __. We understand how important it is for you to keep your personal life to yourself, and we will work with you to maintain your privacy throughout your divorce. Schedule your consultation today to learn how we can advocate for your right to privacy in divorce.