Online Divorce Mediation: What to Consider
Sometimes people need to resolve a conflict they have with a company or another person. They may want to use mediation, but in some cases, meeting face-to-face could prove problematic, especially if the parties are in different states or different countries.
That’s why online mediation can be helpful. While this type of conflict resolution is often used to resolve conflict in business situations, it can be helpful in other contexts as well. For example, many couples are now using online mediation to handle their divorces.
In the past, mediation was often done at a mediator’s office. However, with the coronavirus pandemic, in-person mediation services are now limited or unavailable. Mediation can alternatively be done online through a video conferencing application. This means that location is no longer a factor, so you and your spouse can choose from a wider range of mediators. This is especially beneficial if you live in a remote area with few options.
It’s now easier for you both to find a mediator you both like so you can resolve your divorce issues quickly and easily. However, there are some other things you should think about before making a decision.
Separate or Together Mediation Sessions?
This will depend on whether or not you and your spouse still live in the same home. If you live in separate residences, then you will likely be attending separate mediation sessions. However, if you both still live together and there is only one computer, for example, how will that work? Discuss your options with the mediator and get your spouse’s opinion as well so you can find out what will work best.
Privacy and Scheduling
Divorce is a private matter, so ideally the parties involved will be able to communicate without interruptions. Also, there should be no other family members eavesdropping on the mediation sessions, so choose a time when the kids, parents or siblings will not be home. If you have to work, choose a mediator with a flexible schedule so you can attend the session away from your office.
Transmission of Information
Since you will not be meeting with the mediator in person, how will he or she receive necessary documentation? How can you securely send financial documents and other sensitive information? Is there a secure online portal? Is email safe enough? What about fax? Will you have to use certified mail or a courier?
How will you pay the mediator? Will you pay after each session? Will you have to pay a retainer up front? Is a credit card required? Make sure you understand how payment works upfront so you don’t experience any unpleasant surprises later.
Seek Legal Help
There are ways to settle a divorce amicably, and mediation is one of them. However, with many law and mediation offices still shut down, you may have to opt for online services.
Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney Edward J. Jennings, P.A. can help you understand your options for an amicable divorce. Schedule a consultation by calling our office at 954-764-4330 or filling out the online form.