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How Do Remote Hearings Affect the Divorce Process?

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How Do Remote Hearings Affect the Divorce Process?Courthouses in Illinois are still hearing cases despite the public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the way that courts operate has changed for the safety of everyone involved. Mask and social-distancing requirements are in place, and there are limits on the number of people allowed to attend a hearing. Courts are also using video conferencing in order to conduct remote hearings. For instance, Kane County family courts have a mixed schedule of in-person and remote hearings. Even before attending a hearing, many divorce clients are meeting with their attorneys and holding negotiations through applications such as Zoom. After the pandemic restrictions are lifted, some divorce cases may still use video conferencing because people have become more comfortable with the technology.

How Do I Attend a Remote Hearing?

The preparation leading up to a remote divorce hearing is the same as with any other hearing. The way you attend and participate in the hearing is different, and there are some factors involved that you would not normally need to consider during a hearing:

  • You need a digital device with reliable internet access and a camera and microphone. Desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones can all work.
  • Even though you are attending the hearing from home, you need to dress in appropriate courtroom attire.
  • You must consider the background that will appear in your video, such as not showing a messy area.
  • You need to be careful about the lighting, which can make it difficult for others to see you on camera.

How Well Do Remote Hearings and Meetings Work?

Some people appreciate being able to have divorce hearings and negotiations remotely instead of in-person. It is more convenient for many people to be able to attend meetings without leaving their homes. They also avoid being in the same room as their spouse, which can reduce the arguments between them and make the process more efficient. However, there are disadvantages to not meeting in person. For instance, it is more difficult during a remote hearing for a client and attorney to have a private conversation as they would be able to if they were sitting next to each other. In Kane County, a judge must create a breakout room in order for two people in a remote hearing to have a private conversation.

Contact a Kane County Divorce Lawyer

With all of the changes in how courts are operating during the pandemic, it is more important than ever to have a strong relationship with your attorney. A St. Charles, Illinois, divorce attorney at Goostree Law Group will guide you past obstacles on your path to getting a divorce. Schedule a free consultation by calling 630-584-4800.


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