Recent discussion among Michigan family lawyers centers around a certain breed of lawyer who pays court clerks for information about recently filed cases and then sends a letter inviting the defendant to come in and talk about the divorce. No regard is held for any case--but most especially, the concern is about those cases in which the plaintiff, who may be a victim of domestic abuse, is left without any protection against domestic violence when a spouse learns about the filing before he/she can get to safety.
I stand with those in favor of NOT allowing unfettered access to court filings in divorce cases--those who have registered dismay about trolling by lawyers with letters sent to the defendant without regard to whether the Plaintiff may have had the opportunity or felt able to share with a spouse that a divorce had been filed.
One of the lawyers in favor of trolling (sending the letters to solicit clients) stated: "Shame on the Plaintiff attorney for not getting the victim to a safe place before filing the case. The person sending the letters does NOT have a duty to protect. On the other had, if you are the Plaintiff's attorney who is DV victim YOU have the duty to be prudent and not file until you know your client is in a safe place."