We live in different times, where pandemics close schools and quarantine families. But, being homebound does not mean pushing pause on having meaningful conversations with the help of a neutral mediator. Mediators are employing a variety of secure technology to work with clients to keep conversations moving forward. Global family mediators have employed this type of technology for years, and finally other mediators are seeing the same value as they are pushed to explore Online Dispute Resolution. Ask your mediator if they are experienced in using online technology to facilitate your mediation, and how long they have used this type of technology. While the technology may be intuitive, it takes practice for a mediator to be able to adjust to not seeing everyone’s body language and cues, address video freezes and facilitate separate confidential conversations.
Read up on Online Dispute Resolution in family law cases:
For AFCC members, be on the lookout for an upcoming edition of the Family Court Review, which I am co-editing with Colin Rule! It will focus entirely on Online Dispute Resolution of family cases.
Stay safe and healthy, and keep having those important conversations!
— Melissa Kucinski