Effective Family Law Mediation During COVID 19
Due to the current pandemic situation the San Diego Superior Court Family Law Division is not conducting in person courtroom hearings. Rather, family law hearings are heard online via Microsoft Teams video or telephone conference. Now that family law hearings are taking place virtually, it is also important to offer services that are modified to meet the needs of family law litigants during this difficult time.
Here at Long & Vernon LLP, we offer client meetings and initial consultations using videotelephone services like ZOOM. Long & Vernon LLP also offers video telephonic mediation services for parties that wish to settle their family law cases out of Court, under their own terms.
With videotelephone services, parties can still exchange important documents, express ideas and concerns, and share files. We also offer e-signature and fillable forms so parties can access everything online without printing.
Not only does the use of videotelephone services offer a safe place for those who do not want to travel to an office space, it can ease the tension of having to face opposing parties in person in a setting such as a conference room.
Family Law mediation has several advantages. For example, the Family Court is still working to clear a backlog of cases and court hearings after being closed for nearly three months. As a result, many cases have been postponed for six months or more. If you settle your case through an out of court agreement, you can speed up finalizing your case by submitting an agreement to the Court, instead of waiting months and months to be heard.
Parties attending mediation can still have an attorney of their choice review any written agreement reached through mediation, before signing any legally binding document. Depending on the mediator, your attorney may even attend the mediation session. Even if your attorney does not attend, the attorney can read over and advise on any proposed settlement agreement before it is signed.
Mediators do not choose sides and serve as a neutral, independent third party for the sole purpose of facilitating settlement discussions between parties in a case. Mediators will listen to the questions and concerns of each party along with each party’s desire, with the hope of helping the parties reach an out of court settlement agreement. An effective mediator will assist parties in coming up with options to settle issues regarding child custody, child support, asset and debt division and retirement account division.
The attorneys at Long & Vernon LLP offer family and divorce mediation services for parties that want to save time, money and avoid the emotional strain associated with appearing in family court. Long & Vernon also continues to offer full representation in cases where parties must litigate their family law or divorce case through the family court system.