Online family mediation is an effective alternative to traditional mediation – and has been successful in resolving marital and premarital disputes as well as family property and estate conflicts. At a time in our history when so many of us are cautious about leaving our homes and having face-to-face interaction with people outside of our immediate families, an in-person mediation experience can be created in a secure virtual environment with the help of technology.
By using online videoconferencing platforms for joint mediation sessions or private caucuses, the telephone for one-on-one private conversations between clients and their lawyers, and email for simple document sharing, the most important elements of mediation can be recreated virtually. Additionally, the parties involved can participate comfortably from their own homes (or their attorneys’ offices), and the costs of mediation, especially where travel or other related expenses would be required, may be lower. For couples in high-conflict situations, the virtual environment provides them the ability to mediate without having to be in close physical proximity to their spouse or partner.
The Covid-19 crisis may have amplified the need for certain virtual services, but online mediation has been practiced for many years and has proved to be very effective in resolving disputes. If you would like to learn more about the process, the software or anything else related to online mediation, please contact us.