Were Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce Records Illegally Sealed?

A former Oklahoma state representative says that laws were broken to keep Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton‘s divorce proceedings quiet.

Former Rep. Aaron Stiles says that the judge who sealed their divorce records last week broke the law by doing so. Stiles wrote a law which states that judges can only seal documents for divorce, civil and other public cases if privacy interests outweigh the public interest. Any formal order made to seal documents must be made public, but that has not happened in terms of Lambert and Shelton’s case.

“There’s some shenanigans going on,” Stiles told the Oklahoman. “They’re definitely not following the law on it. I can’t imagine a scenario where you would ever seal an entire civil or divorce case.”

Prominent Oklahoma City attorney Irven Box also spoke out about the proceedings. “There were a lot of irregularities in that divorce,” he said. “I think it was a favor done… because of their celebrity status.”

The superstar couple’s marriage was officially ended on July 20, after Shelton filed for divorce on July 6. So far, the only public statement or information released by the couple on their decision to separate was a public statement given by their representatives after news broke of the divorce.

“This is not the future we envisioned,” Shelton and Lambert said when news of the divorce broke. “It is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter.”

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Were Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s Divorce Records Illegally Sealed?