Factors to Consider in Online Divorce Mediation
Starting in March 2020, divorcing couples throughout the United States have been forced to resolve issues relating to custody, property division and other matters while following social distancing guidelines. With courts closed and in-person discussions prohibited in most places, many people have turned to online divorce mediation in order to move their case along. Despite the occasional technical glitch, mediators and parties have been able to hold constructive discussions using Zoom, Google Meet and other services.
Despite the increasingly popularity of virtual mediation, whether it will work in your case depends largely on the steps you take to prepare. Handling logistical issues beforehand will benefit everyone involved and maximize the value of your session. Particular aspects of online divorce mediation that you should consider include:
- Selecting the right mediator — Choosing an appropriate mediator is always critical but additional factors should go into making this decision if the discussions are to be held through online networking. You want someone who is at ease with the technology and can communicate effectively on the platform you are using. Fortunately, you aren’t restricted to mediators who are in your immediate geographic area as long as you find someone familiar with your state’s domestic relations law.
- Separate and shared communications — Depending on the circumstances, you and your spouse can be in the same location or in different places during the mediation. Prior to the session, everyone involved should agree to ground rules for handling discussions between the mediator and one side or the other.
- Transmission of key documents — Before the proceeding, the mediator will need access to documents that might be referenced by the parties. One option is to establish a secure online site where each side can post materials which can be accessed by the parties and the mediator. This can save on the time, expense and hassle associated with the preparation and shipping of paperwork.
No matter how complex your divorce might seem, online divorce mediation gives you and your spouse the chance to solve disputes over custody, child support, property division and alimony in a healthy, noncombative environment. Understanding how to approach the process increases the likelihood of a successful outcome.
Located in Dix Hills, Solutions Divorce Mediation, Inc. handles proceedings for New Yorkers who seek to end their marriage in a comfortable, cost-effective manner. Please call 1.631.683.8172 or contact us online for a free consultation. We work seven days a week, including evenings.