10 Tips on How to Prepare for a Zoom Divorce Settlement Conference

Cari Rincker Family/Matrimonial Law, Mediation, Online Mediation 1 Comment

Zoom meetings have become the norm when it comes to divorce settlement conferences. The pandemic has changed the way business is handled. Some people are familiar with Zoom and have used it in the past, however, for a lot of people, it is new to them.

Tips for How to Prepare for Your Zoom Divorce Settlement Conference

1) Plan in getting there early: plan for traffic delays if you are trying to get back to your home or office for your meeting. Also, give yourself extra time in case you have any tech issues or have to re-boot your computer

2) Do a test run: if you are not a regular Zoom user, you may want to test it out with a friend to make sure that your audio works well, and your video looks clear.

3) Lighting is key: you want to make sure that you are sitting in a room that has good natural light or if you don’t, then you may want to use a ring-light

4) Tidy up your surroundings: remove anything that you do not want to show in the background. You can also use the filter to blur the background, which is helpful.

5) Have all your documents organized and ready to go: your divorce mediator may have questions that may require you to provide information from various sources, so it is best to have everything organized in a folder on your computer or a folder on your desk that you can easily find documents when needed.

6) Microphone: if you are using your microphone, you will have to go into the Zoom settings and specify which microphone you want to use with Zoom. If your microphone has an on/off button, you want to make sure that you have it switched on. Also, make sure that your podcast is plugged into the right output on your computer.

7) Ask your lawyer what they will need from you: ask your lawyer what you will need for the divorce settlement conference ahead of time and don’t wait until the last minute. The more prepared that you are, the better your outcome will be.

8) Stay calm: no matter what happens in the settlement conference, make sure that you maintain composure and stay calm.

9) Don’t talk over other people: wait until someone is done speaking before you speak. Zoom has a hand raise feature and you can use that to notify the host of the meeting that you want to share something.

10) Keep your microphone muted: until it is your turn to speak. Background noise can be distracting and may cause an echo if multiple people or unmuted at the same time. Also, make sure your kids and pets are in a separate room, so you do not get any unexpected disturbances.

If you need assistance with divorce and family law matters, contact Rincker Law today at (217) 531-2179.

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  1. My cousin would like to file for a divorce, and since she wants the proceeding to be peaceful, she has decided to look for a mediation service. Well, I also agree with you that all assets must be discussed. Thank you for sharing here as well the importance of seeking help from an experienced lawyer.

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