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    John C. Whitbeck, Jr. practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Mediation, Arbitration, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Reckless Driving, All Felonies, All Misdemeanors, Juvenile Crimes, Mental Health Law, Civil and Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Education Law, Election Law, Debt Collection, Consumer and Lemon Law.

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    Ruth M. McElroy practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Pre and Post Marital Agreements, Domestic Violence, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Juvenile Crimes, Felony and Misdemeanor Crimes, Traffic Offenses, Debt Collection, Civil and Business Litigation. She serves the Virginia Court system as a Guardian ad litem.

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    Jennifer D. Cisneros practices in the following areas of law: Family law, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Visitation Rights, Adoptions, Spousal Support, Relocation Cases, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crimes, Reckless Driving, DUI/DWI, Estate Planning, Wills and Probate, Trusts, Civil and Business Litigation and Debt Collection.

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Article Highlights Promise And Flaws Of New IT For Dispute Resolution

A recent article published in Virginia Lawyers Weekly touches on the future of online dispute resolution that could be utilized in everything from business disagreements to family law mediation. According to the publication, the market continues to grow out of clients’ desire to expand their options and push down costs associated with litigating family disputes.

One of the first online dispute resolution processes set up was set up by popular online auction site eBay utilizing SquareTrade in 1999. That process was created so buyers and sellers could quickly and cheaply resolve disputes arising out of semi-anonymous online transactions which could make formal claims and face to face dispute resolutions very difficult and time consuming.

Online family law dispute resolution options

Today, there are myriad online dispute resolution services parties involved in family law disputes can use. Using the technology, the two sides and a third party mediator can use live-video conferencing to speak face to face in an attempt to reach an amicable solution.

Such technology can cut down on travel costs and afford each side more convenient times to discuss their dispute. Many times, the process works by each side simply clicking on a link provided via email to join a video conferencing session, requiring only an email connection and readily available webcams to connect.

The mediator, in turn, has at his or her disposal a variety of tools to help oversee the online meeting. Much like traditional, in person meetings, the mediator can speak to one party at a time by closing the other’s video screen or bring in both at the same time.

Where this process diverges from traditional mediation sessions is the speed and quick transition which which these actions can be accomplished. Furthermore, an online conference can help to take out some of the emotion that may boil over when attempting to hash out tumultuous conversations over alimony, property separation, and child custody.

Drawbacks of online family law mediation

The author goes on to point out there could be some shortcomings in the system though. By being able to mute or hide the audio and video of one party, that entity may feel slighted and only contribute to the animosity of the situation. In addition, advances in artificial intelligence may mean that very soon each side may end up conversing with a computer program and not an actual person.

Whatever the future holds for parties engaged in family law disputes, they should always consider retaining an experienced Leesburg family law attorney to help advocate for their best interests when engaging in these discussions. Virginia family law attorneys have the legal training and experience necessary to properly litigate these types of situations help bring closure to the ordeal.

Leesburg Family Law Mediation Attorneys

If you are facing a family law dispute such as divorce, alimony, or child custody hearings, contact the experienced Leesburg family law mediation attorneys of Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy, PC for a free consultation. Our law firm regularly represents clients throughout northern Virginia, including Leesburg, Loudoun County, and Fairfax County.

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