Divorce mediation is much different from court litigation since you’ll be working with a private mediator that offers a flexible schedule. Not everyone can make it to a meeting during regular business hours and you should look for a mediator that understands this and offers scheduled meetings at your convenience.
The schedule for divorce mediation must be agreed upon by all of the parties involved. This means that your ex-spouse must be able to attend the meetings at the same time as you do. There may be some back-and-forth involved with the mediator to get all parties to agree on the meeting times. Once this is done a schedule can be put into place that everyone agrees on.
Video Conferencing Is Also Available
During the Covid-19 pandemic more and more people were staying at home and isolating. They found it difficult or impossible to come into the office for a meeting and videoconferencing became much more popular. Divorce mediation using video calls is just as effective for resolving conflicts as face-to-face meetings. It’s also the best solution for individuals that don’t live close to each other and need to find a mediator that can accommodate this.
At our office we use different platforms including Skype, FaceTime and Zoom. We can coordinate our efforts to meet the needs of all parties so that the negotiations carry on. Some people that live close to one another would prefer not to meet up with an ex and would prefer using video instead for that reason. This is perfectly fine and something that we can certainly accommodate. We are here to work for you both to come to an agreement regarding the divorce so that it can be finalized as quickly as possible.
Everyone is feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and many people that have been using the litigation process and working on a divorce through their attorneys in court have had to face extensive delays. Since mediators often work privately, there is no need to slow down the negotiations due to the pandemic. We don’t have to wait for courts to resume their normal hours of operation and we don’t have a lot of backlog that came about due to the pandemic to get through. When time is of the essence, use mediation to close the final chapter on your divorce.
When it’s time to schedule your mediation meetings take a look at the times that would work best for you. Then, consider the times when you could be flexible and work something out to attend the meetings. This way, you’ll have the best chance of getting the negotiations on track fast and working your way through to the end. Your ex-spouse will be expected to do the same. Hopefully, everyone’s schedule can be accommodated including that of the mediator’s.
If you’re ready now it’s best to give us a call as soon as possible to get started with a free introductory consultation. We’ll let you know more about scheduling and about the process itself so that you can make an informed decision regarding your mediation options.