Family Law Questions during COVID-19 Pandemic

Family Law Mediation and Litigation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Amidst all of the uncertainty in the world today, we hear a lot of similar questions about how the pandemic is impacting family law. Here is a brief summary of the state of family law: 1) The courts are not closed. 2) We are conducting initial client meetings and mediations virtually. 3) For those who already have current support orders and/or child custody orders, it is important to remember that those orders are not automatically changed just because of the pandemic.

This can be done via phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or any other options to which everyone agrees.  Three-way calls, whether on the phone or online, can be just as effective as in-person meetings, and is often more convenient than getting in the car or having to leave work early.

The new normal in family law means that all-online or all-phone mediations are possible now. Expect to do your mediation on your phone or laptop for family law.

Online Mediation Options for Family Law

As we get used to the new normal, East Bay Family Law & Mediation offers all-online (or even all over-the-phone) mediation options for your family law needs.

This can be done via phone, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or any other options to which everyone agrees.  Three-way calls, whether on the phone or online, can be just as effective as in-person meetings, and is often more convenient than getting in the car or having to leave work early.

New Rules for Mediation in 2019 – Confidentiality

There are new rules for parties going through mediation starting in 2019. As set forth succinctly here (https://blog.ceb.com/2018/10/15/lawyers-must-now-inform-clients-about-mediation-confidentiality-in-writing/#more-21682), attorneys must now have clients sign a separate form acknowledging that all aspects of mediation are confidential and thus inadmissible in court at a later date. This will be in the new Evidence Code Section 1129. Although…

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Is hiring a mediator right for your divorce?

Divorce Mediation Versus Divorce Litigation I recently came across an article espousing the benefits of divorce mediation, rather than litigation, which I found informative: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/publications/the_101_201_practice_series/benefits_of_mediation_in_divorce_cases.html My family law practice currently consists of about 50% mediation cases and 50% litigation cases.  Mediation is generally less expensive, less stressful, and more cooperative.  When done most efficiently, you can…