Because much of the world is shutting down due to COVID-19, how can you get a divorce these days?
I offer a collaborative divorce by videoconference so you can stay in your own home and negotiate the divorce with a collaborative team. You face enough stress from the threat of unemployment, exposure to coronavirus, enforced isolation, and home-schooling children—you shouldn’t have to worry about courts closing so you can get a divorce. If you need a divorce and don’t want to wait until the pandemic is over, the solution is to divorce collaboratively by videoconference. It’s easy, equipment needs are minimal, it doesn’t take long to learn how to do it, and videoconferencing is almost like being in the same room.
You need access to WiFi and a smart phone, I-Pad, or computer equipped to support videoconferencing. Your attorney will have the proper software to host the videoconference through Zoom or another company. I will send you a link to videos that teach you how do a videoconference. Once you try videoconferencing, it will become second nature and you will be able to negotiate your divorce in the safety of your own home.
A collaborative divorce videoconference is much like a regular collaborative divorce. There are scheduled beginning and ending times, an agenda, a code of conduct, and an experienced team of collaborative professionals to guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Regular breaks are provided, and attorneys can communicate with their clients privately by phone at all times.
You need to get comfortable with the equipment and videoconferencing procedures prior to the first remote meeting. Practice using the equipment prior to the first joint meeting so it will become second nature to you. If you need help during the first phase when they are getting used to the procedure, contact your attorney or Zoom directly and they will send you links to training videos that show you how to work the equipment and teleconferencing program.
Limits to Videoconferencing.
There are drawbacks to remote videoconferencing—it may add stress to an already difficult situation because you are trying to negotiate a divorce and learn new communication systems at the same time. Preplanning will help, but expect glitches at first until you get the hand of it. Familiarize yourself with the process prior to the first joint meeting so you don’t have to think about how to handle the computer or smart phone when you are trying to negotiate your divorce. The only thing I ask it that you don’t decide to leave the collaborative videoconference if you become upset—call me and let me help you handle the stress instead.
A videoconference meeting is similar to a regular joint collaborative meeting. You will receive an agenda, scheduled start and end times, and breaks at regular intervals. However, don’t use the “chat” feature to insult your spouse during the videoconference—it’s not helpful.
During this viral crisis you can still get a collaborative divorce by calling me and arranging one by videoconference. With courts closed to ordinary litigated divorce cases and the country under mandatory quarantine, we can still do collaborative divorces remotely. It doesn’t take long to learn the process and videoconferencing is almost like being in the same room with your spouse and the team. Equipment needs are minimal and procedures are similar to regular collaborative meetings, except videoconferencing adds another layer of stress to an already difficult process.
If you need a divorce, collaborative divorce by videoconferencing is the answer. Please call me at 210-776-7707 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.