In online divorce mediation, we interact over live video just as we would interact if we were sitting in the same physical room for divorce mediation. I guide discussion of the parenting, property, and support issues that need to be addressed in divorce, I make sure both spouses have a chance to talk and be heard, and we share documents in real time.
My practice is devoted 100% to divorce mediation, and over 95% of my cases are currently online divorce mediation on Zoom. I have successfully mediated over 1600 cases in the last 20 years, with almost 400 of those done virtually on Zoom.
I have done close toI can mediate your Massachusetts divorce remotely, or virtually, via live video chat or telephone. You can complete your divorce agreement efficiently and cost effectively with me and file it with the court. You and your spouse do not need to have social contact with me or go to public offices during the coronavirus pandemic.
Online divorce mediation with an attorney mediator has all the benefits that in-person mediation has over litigation. I first list the advantages of divorce mediation more generally:
In addition to the advantages that mediation has over litigation, online divorce mediation has advantages over in-person divorce mediation.
No! Online divorce mediation is a live meeting with a divorce professional, preferably a divorce mediation lawyer who specializes solely in mediation. An “internet divorce” is typically an inexpensive form that you fill out online and then download documents to print.
While it is possible that you can generate court forms from a website that will be approved by a judge, it is unlikely. Massachusetts family courts regularly reject DIY filings, and the courts do not tell you what is wrong with them. After they reject your documents, they tell you, “we cannot give you legal advice” and they suggest that you see a divorce lawyer or mediator.
Perhaps more importantly, you will not understand what you are doing with internet divorce forms unless you already know Massachusetts family law and divorce finances. For some couples—no children, no assets, similar incomes, short marriage, and plenty of patience for the court rejecting your papers—there is very little at stake. But for couples with retirement accounts, children, a home, a longer marriage, or big differences in income, you could make mistakes with internet divorce forms that you will regret for many years.
Zoom is a free applications that you can use on a computer, tablet, or a smartphone. Even if you have not used this application before, it is easy enough to use that you can download it and be video chatting with me in 5 minutes. They allow us to see each other, speak to each other, and look at documents together in real time.
It is possible to participate in divorce mediation meetings on a smartphone, but it is much better to use a computer or tablet so there is more space on the screen to see a) the other people’s faces, and b) documents at the same time.
I generate all court forms and the divorce agreement and email or postal mail them to you for signatures; you drop them off at the courthouse or postal mail them to court. You wait 1-4 months for a brief, 10-minute hearing where the judge signs the papers.
You want an online divorce mediator who is a Massachusetts lawyer. Because divorce laws and procedures are specific to states, a mediator who is not an expert in MA family law will not be able to lead you through the issues that need to be addressed for a MA divorce. In general, you want an attorney mediator (a lawyer), rather than just a mediator. Massachusetts has no legal standard or licensing for calling yourself a “divorce mediator.” In contrast, a Massachusetts lawyer has graduated from law school and passed the Massachusetts state bar exam.
It does not matter where your MA divorce mediator’s office is. Divorce in MA is governed by Massachusetts General Law Chapter 208, which is state-wide. The same forms and procedures are used at all MA family courts state-wide, regardless of the county.
I have successfully mediated divorces for couples in every MA county except Nantucket and Dukes (Martha’s Vineyard). Because Western Massachusetts lawyer and mediation prices are generally lower than other parts of the state, you can get a Western Massachusetts price for your divorce mediation even if you live in one of the more expensive parts of the state.