What to Know About Online Divorce Mediation
The COVID-19 pandemic required courts and attorneys to get creative with how they would handle cases. In the world of divorce law, this meant a heavy reliance on online mediation sessions.
Though there is now a light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic, it is expected that online mediation will continue to be an option in many cases moving forward. As such, here are just a few things you should consider about mediation in this particular form:
- How you’ll attend: If you and your spouse still live in the same residence, you’ll likely be attending the session from your residence. However, you might choose to use different devices in different rooms for some privacy, especially if you are to have side conversations with your attorney.
- Privacy: It’s important to make sure you’ll have privacy to get through the session. Try to do it at a time when no one else is home. If you cannot get children away from the home during your session, make sure they’re otherwise occupied.
- Documentation: You may need to submit some financial information or other sensitive documentation. Because you’re not meeting in person, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll deliver this securely. It could be through the mail, or it could be through a secure web portal or other online delivery method. Discuss this with the mediator in advance so the documents are available for your mediation session.
- Specific rules: Mediators may need to adjust some of their rules for the session to accommodate an online environment. Talk about the ground rules for online mediation before you begin the session so everyone is on the same page.
These are just a few considerations to take into account before beginning online divorce mediation. For more information, contact an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer at Solutions Divorce Mediation.