Sealed Family Court files spark controversy

A Judge has sealed the court documents which reveal the full details of the divorce of Jamie Redknapp and his former wife Louise.

The pair divorced after 19 years of marriage and were granted a divorce decree in January.

Typically, Family Court divorce papers are made private to protect the sensitive information and identities of children and vulnerable families. However, exceptions are sometimes made for high profile figures.

The topic has been one of conversation for some years in the Family Court, with a selection of senior judges on either side of the argument.

In a similar case last year, Judge Sarah Gibbons, presiding over the Central Family Court case in London, agreed that reporters should be allowed to cover aspects of the David Ginola divorce dispute, including that Mr Ginola and his former wife were arguing about money.

However, no details of the issues discussed at the hearing could be disclosed.

Mr Ginola said he was “very surprised” at the decision, as the press in France are not allowed to attend Family Court hearings.

It followed an inquiry into high-profile family disputes and whether they should be made more transparent.

Senior Judge Sir James Holman said there was a “pressing need” for more openness in the Courts, while counterpart Mr Justice Mostyn said such disputes are “quintessentially private business”.

Lady Justice King said the issue would be considered by a panel of appeal judges in the “relatively near future”.

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Alison Green
Alison joined Mackrell Turner Garrett in 1989 and qualified as a solicitor in 1991, becoming a partner in the firm in 2010. Her expertise covers matrimonial work, including divorce and the associated financial and children issues; pre and post-nuptial agreements; co-habitation disputes; civil partnership agreements and the breakdown of civil partnerships.