So often we hear about how to prevent identity theft. Do not give out your social security number; do not give out bank account information, etc. But what do you do when you are going through a divorce, and the Court requires you to provide documents that contain your social security number and/or bank account information. The thought of one’s personal income tax returns and bank statements floating around the courthouse for all personnel to see can make anyone feel uncomfortable.

The Supreme Court of New Jersey recognized this issue and adopted R. 1:38-7. Said Rule requires that any document or pleading submitted to the Court containing confidential personal identifiers must be redacted. A confidential personal identifier is defined as a Social Security number, driver’s license number, vehicle plate number, insurance policy number, active financial account number, or active credit card number. In addition, in the event one of your accounts, i.e. bank account, brokerage house account, etc. is the subject of the litigation, the Court Rules provide that only the last four (4) digits of the account be disclosed if the account cannot otherwise be identified.

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