In recent months the Orange County Court system has gone through some very drastic and revolutionary changes on how to manage Court hearings and trials. The old method of in person hearings in front of a Judge are a thing of the past for now. Orange County has implemented the video conference through the internet as the prime means of hearing cases for the parties. Judges can take evidence and testimony while the parties are online and on a video chat mode. There are several means of doing this already being used by the Orange County Court system. Primarily Judges use Webex. An alternative to Zoom meetings. In addition some judges use Microsoft meetings. If you find yourself unable to use any of these methods of communication used by the courts then there are alternatives to consider. Please read further for the non video way to resolve your family law case.
Mediation is a process in which the parties hire a neutral individual who has been trained, and certified as a mediator to help them reach a resolution. In family law cases, the mediator is typically someone who has had significant experience practicing family law, or may be a retired family court judge. The mediator does not advocate for either party nor does the mediator give legal advice.. After the parties reach an agreement, the mediator typically prepares an agreement and advises the parties to seek their own separate lawyers to review the agreement, and make sure it is fair for both of them. Then, one of the parties will typically have their attorneys provide the agreement to the court, and in the case of the divorce, obtain the official judgment of divorce. In certain cases, such as ones in which there are complex issues, mediation will be conducted with each person having their own attorney participate as well.