Court upholds order on NASCAR CEO's divorce case

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012
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France's request for secrecy involves a dispute over whether his ex-wife violated confidentiality and other provisions of the agreement they reached before their most recent divorce.

According to statements made by lawyers in open court, the couple's 2008 separation agreement included paying Megan France $9 million, alimony of $32,000 a month for 10 years and $10,000 a month in child support.

North Carolina law treats most divorces as records open to public inspection. The same is true for hearings, where the parties argue their positions to a judge. Under state law, high-profile divorces and child custody disputes can be sealed at the discretion of a judge.

Brian France, who lives near NASCAR headquarters in Daytona Beach, Fla., also has tried to keep another legal proceeding from becoming public. He filed a federal lawsuit against his ex-wife last year, accusing her of illegally recording several of their phone calls.

Lawyers for Brian France sought to seal the record in the federal lawsuit, but later dropped the case.

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