With divorce courts stalling, custody cases moving slowly through the system, and the looming COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the nation, many people are wondering how they can resolve their divorce. Unfortunately, many states are keeping their courts closed well into the summer. In Austin, Texas, for example, the courts won’t open until the middle of June.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to keep your divorce moving – even if you can’t leave your home. At the top of this list is mediation, which can save you countless hours and dollars if you have the right lawyer by your side.
Digital Mediation for Your Case
Mediation is a process where a neutral third party comes in to help the parties resolve their dispute. It can be a great alternative to litigation or taking your case to court, even without the current pandemic.
A lot of mediations are now conducted through Zoom or other online programs. There are protections in place so your soon-to-be-ex and their team won’t hear what you’re talking about with the mediator if you choose. You’ll also retain added protection by having a lawyer present. Mediation is a great way to try and resolve disputes right now until we can get access to the courts again.
Stay Updated with Your Court
Although many courts are not going to be open for a while, some are allowing hearings to happen by Zoom or other digital platforms. Most jurisdictions are currently allowing for emergency hearings to request temporary orders or stop harm, but many courts are opening up their doors to allow Zoom hearings when parties need resolutions.
Stay in touch with your attorney by phone or Zoom call so you have the latest updates on your local court. This will help to ensure you get into the courthouse for your divorce sooner rather than later.
Trust a Family Attorney
Having a trusted family law attorney by your side can assist you to not only speed up your divorce process but help you navigate divorce during the pandemic. Janet McCullar is a divorce and custody lawyer in Austin, Texas who provides mediation, litigation, and family legal services to help you face divorce challenges. She’s also the author of The Custody Lawyer, a book you can find on places like Amazon or other booksellers.
If you would like to speak with someone regarding your specific divorce or custody situation, call us at the Law Office of Janet McCullar, PC at (512) 342-9933 for a completely confidential consultation.