Save Time, Money, And Stress With Virtual Divorce Mediation
Resolve Disputes and Divorce From The Comfort of Home
Mediation is an alternative to traditional divorce litigation that allows couples to come to a resolution of the issues without going to court. In mediation, a neutral party (the mediator) helps the couple identify the issues that need to be resolved and come to an agreement. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, mediation, like most services, turned virtual.
Virtual Divorce Mediation Is The New Normal
Virtual mediation, also known as e-mediation, has the same purposes as mediation, except now it’s online. You’ll meet with your mediator via an online video conference software such as Zoom or Skype. Third-party mediators can foster effective communication, help discover less obvious interests, and suggest solutions that the parties might have overlooked.
Virtual mediation is the new normal for mediators. Virtual mediation has many benefits. Maybe one party feels threatened by the other and may not want to meet in person. You may feel intimidated going to a mediator’s office. You’ll feel more comfortable discussing issues in a more comfortable environment. Even if you and your spouse currently live together, it may be easier to talk about issues in your kitchen, instead of your mediator’s office. You may find yourself thinking more clearly.
Parties can choose times that work best for everyone and are able to join the calls or video conferences from anywhere. If you still have to travel to work during the COVID-19 outbreak, you can resolve your disputes during your commute. Many mediators may offer extended hours to help resolve issues before you go to work, or when you arrive home.
Parties can exchange documents with their mediator via email. E-mailing can help level the playing field between those who tend to dominate discussions and those who are reserved. Many smartphones offer free scanner applications. Parties can take images of various documents, scan them through the free app, and email them to their mediator. Before downloading any app, make sure proper securities are in place. If you have an iPhone, the “Notes” app has a built-in scanner. Users can easily take an image of a document, which the app converts into a scan. The scan can easily be emailed,
In one study, mediators reported using a more directive, problem-solving approach in e-mediations than in face-to-face talks because of their attempts to maintain the momentum of long-distance talks. This will save parties time and money.
As of March 18, 2020 and until further notice, New Jersey Courts are closed for in-person Superior Court and Tax Court proceedings, except for extremely limited emergent matters and certain ongoing trials. As many matters as possible will be handled by telephone or videoconference. By using online mediation, you avoid costs associated with getting to court, going to your mediator’s office, and paying fees for your mediator’s time in court.
Resolve Disputes From The Comfort Of Home
Because you’ll be communicating online, you can resolve disputes from the comfort of your home. Avoid the hassle and stress of going to a courtroom. If you don’t live with your spouse, avoid the potential anxiety of resolving disputes face-to-face. E-mediation may be the perfect solution to resolving issues amicably, timely, and cost-effective.