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Can I redact personal information in family law discovery responses?

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I have to turn over a bunch of personal information to my spouse's attorney through discovery requests in my divorce case. Can I redact my social security number in tax statements and my bank account numbers on those statements?

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  1. No. Nor is there any reason to. Do you seriously think your spouse doesn't know the relevant social security number?

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  2. You can redact the SSN but you cannot redact the entire account #

    This response will not create an attorney-client relationship between you and Sarieh Law Offices, and is not intended to serve as a legal advice in your specific circumstances. This response is a legal opinion based solely on facts represented and you should not rely on this legal opinion as a legal advice. You still need to consult an attorney directly to fully protect your legal rights.


  3. Yes, you can absolutely redact your ss#. In fact you should. As far as bank account numbers, you can redact all but the last 4 numbers of the account number. Those last 4 numbers should be enough to identify the account even for subpoena purposes..


  4. You can redact SS numbers but you will need to disclose accouint numbers.

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