N.Y. Domestic Relations Law Section 254
Confidentiality


1.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in any proceeding for custody, divorce, separation or annulment, whether or not an order of protection or temporary order of protection is sought or has been sought in the past, the court may, upon its own motion or upon the motion of any party or the attorney for the child, authorize any party or the child to keep his or her address confidential from any adverse party or the child, as appropriate, in any pleadings or other papers submitted to the court, where the court finds that the disclosure of the address or other identifying information would pose an unreasonable risk to the health or safety of a party or the child. Pending such a finding, any address or other identifying information of the child or party seeking confidentiality shall be safeguarded and sealed in order to prevent its inadvertent or unauthorized use or disclosure.

2.

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if a party or a child has resided or resides in a residential program for victims of domestic violence as defined in Social Services Law § 459-A (Definitions)section four hundred fifty-nine-a of the social services law, the present address of the party and the child and the address of the residential program for victims of domestic violence shall not be revealed.

3.

Upon authorization as provided in subdivision one of this section, the identifying information shall be sealed and shall not be disclosed in any pleading or other document filed in a proceeding under this article. The court shall designate the clerk of the court or such other disinterested person as it deems appropriate, with consent of such disinterested person, as the agent for service of process for the party whose address is to remain confidential and shall notify the adverse party of such designation in writing. The clerk or disinterested person designated by the court shall, when served with process or other papers on behalf of the party whose address is to remain confidential, promptly notify such party whose address is to remain confidential and forward such process or papers to him or her.

4.

In any case in which such a confidentiality authorization is made, the party whose address is to remain confidential shall inform the clerk of the court or disinterested person designated by the court of any change in address for purposes of receipt of service or process or any papers.

Source: Section 254 — Confidentiality, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/DOM/254 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 13, 2024).

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Required residence of parties
231
Residence of married persons
232
Notice of nature of matrimonial action
233
Sequestration of defendant’s property in action for divorce, separation or annulment where defendant cannot be personally served
234
Title to or occupancy and possession of property
235
Information as to details of matrimonial actions or proceedings
236
Special controlling provisions
237
Counsel fees and expenses
238
Expenses in enforcement and modification proceedings
239
Stay in divorce or separation action on default of payment
240
Custody and child support
240‑A
Judgment or decree
240‑B
Order of support by parent
240‑C
Review and cost of living adjustment of child support orders
240‑D
Support orders for certain adult dependents
241
Interference with or withholding of visitation rights
243
Security for payments by defendant in action for divorce, separation or annulment
244
Enforcement by execution of judgment or order in action for divorce, separation or annulment
244‑A
Enforcement of arrears which accrue during pendency of an enforcement proceeding
244‑B
Child support proceedings and enforcement of arrears
244‑C
Child support proceedings and enforcement of arrears
244‑D
Child support proceedings and enforcement of arrears
245
Enforcement by contempt proceedings of judgment or order in action for divorce, separation or annulment
246
Persons financially unable to comply with orders or judgments directing the payment of alimony
247
Alimony or maintenance payments suspended during confinement in prison
248
Modification of judgment or order in action for divorce or annulment
249
Trial preferences in matrimonial actions
250
Agreements relating to marriage
251
Filing of order in family court
252
Effect of pendency of action for divorce, separation or annulment on petition for order of protection
253
Removal of barriers to remarriage
254
Confidentiality
255
Prerequisites for judgments under articles nine, ten and eleven of this chapter

Accessed:
Jul. 13, 2024

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

§ 254’s source at nysenate​.gov

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