I have been getting many questions from clients and prospective clients about what is going on during these times. Without question, family law carries on during the coronavirus crisis. When Lawrence Law opened its doors, we made sure to have the best technology available so we can always serve our clients. Lessons were learned from natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, and when situations arose where our clients, adversaries, and we had issues keeping us from being physically present. We may do things a bit differently during the crisis, but we are still working for our clients every day.
For example, I have done mediations this week and last using Zoom videoconferencing. Through this technology, as the mediator, I was able to have multiple break-out “rooms” to discuss issues with one party and his/her lawyer in a private setting. Then, I could “meet” with just the lawyers in a separate room. This system worked flawlessly and is a great solution for all the parties. While this is just one example of technology, I also use it for arbitration, parent coordination, client meetings, and initial consultations.
New Jersey Courts
In addition, New Jersey courts remain open and available to those in need. Just like my team and I have been adapting to serving clients, so too have the courts. For the time being, most court operations are being handled over the telephone or through Zoom as well.
Lastly, I was interviewed for a story that addressed many of the concerns that people have who are contemplating a divorce. The main issues that I covered in the interview are:
- If somebody wants a divorce, they can start it immediately.
- Mediation may be a great solution and can continue even now.
- When mediation is not an option, the courts will work with us.
While we are in unprecedented times, it is important that we rely upon our ingenuity and technological advances to be able to meet the needs of our clients, children and families to address their needs. Family law carries on during the coronavirus crisis. However, it is more important that it carries on in a responsible way – social distancing and stopping the spread. We are all in this together and up to the challenge. Families need us. Children need us. We are here and committed to helping.