Effective July, 2013 Maryland enacted a Rule of Procedure to protect individuals from having their social security number become part of public record. A request to provide social security numbers is common to all civil litigation, but the practice is especially prevalent in Divorce, Child Support, and Alimony cases.
The problem stems from the fact that all Court files are public documents. Thus, anyone can gain access to these files for review.
This new Rule relieved Parties to a case from providing such private information. However, Maryland took this new practice a step further, effective July, 1, 2014. Starting this year all Parties must include, in their various pleadings, a certification that they have complied with this Rule.