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Attorneys seek to delay divorce notifications

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bar Association is pushing for legislation this year that would delay when the public is notified about divorce filings.

TBA Director Allan Ramsaur told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/13OzXSf) the proposal would close what could be a dangerous gap because cases sometimes become public before a responding husband or wife has been notified and served with a protective order.

Attorneys say there's a risk of retribution due to the timing and will ask lawmakers to consider a proposal that would keep initial filings secret.

Ramsaur said the group will propose a law exempting divorce filings from public record "until served or 10 days, whichever occurs first."

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Director Deborah Fisher said the proposed bill could warrant keeping an eye on, though it's not currently on her radar.

Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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