The unique times we’re living in has forced society to adapt. Modern technology has, of course, played a central role in how we go about our day. Things once done in person are now accomplished via video chat.
Divorce is no different. Divorce lawyers in New Jersey and around the country have utilized the latest technology to make their work more efficient and safer for those involved. The courts have been just as keen, with judges incorporating new ways of conducting hearings and mediation to reduce human-to-human contact.
New tech is here to stay
Interestingly, many now see these changes as lasting well into the future. In some ways, modern advances in telecommunication have made court proceedings more efficient and, in the case of a hostile separation, less combative.
Many states have allowed mediation sessions to occur via Zoom or Skype. Some of the most popular video conferencing apps have privacy features that allow parties to discuss with their attorneys in private. In fact, some allow for separate, virtual rooms in which different sets of people can have discreet discussions while remaining in the same video chat.
Although the kinks are still being worked out, courts are allowing lawyers to submit more documents and evidence electronically rather than in person. Hearings are also being conducted via video chat.
Even child custody has seen changes. With travel difficult, parents have resorted to virtual visitation session with their children.
Of course, it’s impossible to predict the future, and there’s no way of knowing which changes will stick and which will faze out as things get back to normal. Furthermore, lawyers and judges still have to work out issues related to legality and jurisprudence.
Divorce is often a strenuous, heart-wrenching undertaking even in usual circumstances. The job of a lawyer is to shepherd their client through the process by providing candid, informed advice rooted in the law. Although efficiency matters, the comfort of the client should dictate when, and where, technology is incorporated into the proceedings.