The last two years have been filled with change. Adapting to a global pandemic has taken a huge toll on many, with stress higher in many professions (especially healthcare) and a shift for many to evaluating their career trajectory and their work-life balance. Many people have also been evaluating their personal relationships during this time. While the divorce rate dipped during the peak of COVID-19, there are signs that it will increase during 2022. If you are considering a divorce in the coming months, here are some things to think of that might have changed since divorces before the pandemic.
● Alternatives to a divorce settled in the court system: The courts are extremely backed up with scheduling after the pandemic. In fact, the court system is now actively encouraging couples who are able to move forward using alternative dispute resolution tools or divorce mediation to settle the terms of your divorce. Mediation costs less, takes less time and is much easier to schedule at the current time.
● Virtual divorce mediation: Mediation can occur in person or virtually. During the pandemic, many mediation firms shifted to virtual mediation sessions and found that they were highly effective and that many clients preferred this option. Virtual mediation sessions allow you to complete the mediation sessions from the comfort of your own home, limiting the time spent commuting to a neutral site. We have found that zoom works extremely well for virtual mediation sessions, can be scheduled easily and often produces very positive outcomes.
● Financial changes: For many families, there have been many financial changes as a result of the pandemic. Finances are tight for some families and for others, families may have more in the bank. It is important to make sure that you have a sense of your financial outlook and how it might change as life gets back to normal. It is important to gather all of your financial information, so that you can have accurate information as you consider how to divide your joint property, assets and debt. A divorce mediator can help you think this through.
Virtual Or In-Person Divorce Mediation Services In 2022
AMS Mediation has adapted our services to meet the evolving needs of our clients, particularly during and after the pandemic. We offer in person and virtual mediation services and would be happy to help you navigate this process. Give us a call at 952-252-1492 to schedule a free consultation.