As the world knows, legendary rocker Prince died on April 21 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl. His ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, is fighting to keep documents from the couples’ 2006 divorce sealed.
The Case at a Glance
The Chicago Star Tribune is making a case for the court to release the couples’ divorce documents to the public.
Attorney’s for Testolini are strongly objecting, though, and say that the records should remain private because they are tied to a private settlement.
The newspaper’s argument is that Prince’s right to privacy ended with his death, and that the divorce documents are newsworthy because of the singer’s death and issues surrounding his estate – which is rumored to have a value of about $300 million or more.
Can Sealed Divorce Records be Unsealed?
Even though this particular issue is being handled in Chicago, let’s take a look at how California law views such requests.
While divorce records can indeed be sealed, they can be unsealed if ordered by the court.
The move to unseal divorce records can be triggered by a one of the concerned parties, a member of the public or if the court issues a petition to do so.
Any such motion or petition must be served or filed with all parties in the case.
An order to unseal a divorce record must state whether all of the documents are being unsealed or just a part.
Want to Keep Your Divorce Records Sealed? Call The Men’s Legal Center
Even if the court decides against sealing the records, you may still be able to redact certain sections.
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