Cameras-in-courtrooms will not extend to divorces

If you’ve been following along with some of the recent developments in Illinois law, you have probably heard that cameras are now being brought into courtrooms. Many people may have a number of reactions to this shift in courtroom procedures, and some may reasonably worry that it might affect sensitive civil matters. These are not unfounded fears, but fortunately the new cameras-in-courtrooms laws do have limits.

If you are concerned that your divorce proceeding or some other issue related to your divorce may be the subject of the nightly news, then you can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now. According to the new laws, cameras-in-courtrooms privileges will not extend into divorce cases or cases that involve juveniles. Your fears that the local paper may put your divorce proceedings on the front page can be laid to rest.

Furthermore, the advent of cameras in the courtroom is not a free-for-all bonanza. The cameras that are allowed inside must meet certain technical specifications (as in professional rather than consumer equipment), and those who wish to bring a camera into a courtroom must acquire permission to do so ahead of time.

Still, there are plenty of ways for your divorce to get messy without the help of the local news — especially if your household has significant assets. To protect yourself, your assets and your reputation, it is crucial to enlist the guidance of an experienced attorney. Proper legal counsel understands the nuances of high-asset divorce and can help walk you through the treacherous landscape into a new life and a fresh start.


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