Online Mediation – Resolve Conflict While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Online Mediation – Resolve Conflict While Maintaining Social Distancing.

| Apr 30, 2020 | Firm News |

In this unprecedented time, I understand that COVID-19 has brought much uncertainty into your life, and it may feel like everything has come to a standstill. In addition, the associated fear, isolation and restrictions have added even more stress on already strained relationships.

However, with some innovation, you can move forward with dispute resolution to lessen your family’s stress. The longer disputes go unresolved, the more likely they are to fester, for tempers to flare and for situations to worsen. I am ready to help you resolve your divorce and other family matters (including rules for in-home isolation!), during this time of social distancing, using video conferencing.

I have conducted virtual divorce mediations using online video technology several times over the years. It has been necessary in the past when one spouse moves out of state or to a distant county. Now, I am thankful to have that experience. I will not deny that I prefer having everyone in the same room for mediations, but online mediations allow face-to-face interactions that make you feel as if you are in the same room. Videoconferencing software has improved dramatically recently, allowing me to tailor the process as I would in person: for example, separating parties when it is helpful to do so, using “waiting rooms” and mute features.

I have been pleasantly surprised at how well I have been able to use these virtual mediations to help couples achieve a peaceful divorce. Please contact me to discuss the alternatives available to begin resolving your dispute now.