IACP Blog

How Will COVID 19 Affect My Divorce?

Like most industries, the legal world is adapting to this strange and unexpected new world we find ourselves thrust into in the Spring of 2020. COVID-19 is affecting divorce and other family law cases, just like everything else.

First of all, many courts have suspended all non-critical hearings. In the jurisdictions where I practice, this has resulted in most courts allowing agreed orders, including final orders on divorce (also known as final decrees of divorce) and child custody to be submitted electronically with an affidavit en lieu of testimony.

Technology to Help Collaborative Professionals Work from Home

Like most Collaborative Professionals, I have found myself working almost exclusively from home.  Though I had worked from home in the past, I always had the option of going into the office to access needed equipment (such as an industrial scanner) that made life easier.  Now, not so much.  Fortunately, I had some software in place that made the transition to an at-home practice easier, and I have had to quickly learn new software. 

Promote Collaborative Practice (Use Social Media to Promote IACP)

I'm not an active Facebook user. In fact, my generation tends to stay away from it altogether. Baby Boomers are a bit put off by all these social media choices. And Millennials tend to use Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. But, nonetheless, most of us (my husband excluded; go figure!) do have a Facebook account, and sometimes I give in to the temptation to scroll. For hours.

Where Are You on Your Collaborative Journey?

Known forever in family law is litigation, the often-quick fallback to failed lawyer-managed negotiation. Negotiations fail (if attempted at all), then go to court and duke it out in front of the judge and may the best parent win.

Then along can Stu Webb from Minnesota in the early 1990s and he changed all that.

With a simple letter, he indicated he would no longer litigate yet continue to take on family law cases. The proviso was, he wouldn’t go to court.