Distance is no object

In today’s digitally connected world, so much of our life is spent online. Buying, selling, socialising, making and maintaining friendships, streaming, researching, reading, writing, working – the time we spend online has doubled over the last decade. 
 
So in today’s connected world, if you’re divorcing or separating and you’ve both bought into the idea of sitting round a table with your lawyers to work things out, how important is it that the table is actually there? Can virtual round table meetings really work?
 
The answer - in our experience - is yes. As with many other aspects of online life, they can take a bit of getting used to but, with the right lawyers at your side and the wealth of digital tools at your disposal, distance needn’t get in the way of working out your divorce collaboratively. 
 
Making it work
 
Here are just a few of the essential ingredients that help collaborative family law work at a distance: 
 
The right mindset: There’s a perception that lawyers are a traditional bunch. We know that. But collaborative lawyers are predisposed to thinking differently. They’ve bought into ‘a different way’ of divorcing, they’ve invested significantly in training to gain the specialist skills needed to help you work things out in this way, and they’re committed to helping you make it work – signing an agreement that says they can no longer represent you if the process breaks down and you end up going to court. This forward thinking approach and ability to think outside the box means that collaborative lawyers are ideally placed to embrace new ways of helping you achieve the outcome that’s best for you and your family.
 
Bringing you face to face: Gone are the days of crackly lines, blurred images and time delays. With today’s high speed internet connections, and sophisticated video conferencing technology, it can be easy to forget that you’re not actually in the same room. Collaborative lawyers are also highly skilled at taking cues from body language; skills that can readily be transferred into an online meeting. And, if discussions are getting heated and you need to take a break, it’s simply a case of closing a laptop and taking the time you need.
 
Share and share alike: File sharing sites such as Box, Dropbox and Google Drive are being used more and more to facilitate fast and convenient file sharing. So instead of dealing with bundles of correspondence by post, an email alert will point you in the direction of the paperwork you need to read ahead of your four-way meeting. And, with law firms taking full advantage of the ever more sophisticated tools at their disposal in the battle against cybercrime, you can be sure the information that is shared is protected and secure.   
 
The right tools: Tech can also make documenting and sharing the discussions that take place during your meeting much easier. Apps such as Microsoft Lens essentially turn a smartphone or tablet into a scanner so that your lawyers can capture, edit, and share physical documents as digital files.
 
The world is getting smaller, and it’s important that the way we do things in the legal profession keeps pace with the way the world is changing.

There’s no doubt that online conversations surrounding a divorce won’t be for everyone but, for people who are committed to the process and don’t want to let distance get in the way of a constructive approach to separation, it’s reassuring to know the support is there to help you make it work.
 
Click here for more information about collaborative family law and how it works.
 
 
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