Videoconferencing and Family Court


COVID-19 has brought many changes to the way people handle events, from everyday matters like traffic tickets to the big ones like divorce court. Significant changes are expected to stick around from the pandemic as the courts begin to open up.

Before COVID-19, families met for court in a traditional setting, but now the onset of videoconferencing and increased communication efforts with platforms - like Zoom and Google Meets - spurring video requests over in-person meetings may see to it that family court takes on a new method of meeting. 

In the legal space, video conferencing, even with a Miami family law lawyer, can provide many benefits to physical proceedings. Those involved can avoid the commute to courthouses and the time it takes to get started (parking, security, etc.), which can amount to several hours only to be in the courtroom for less than an hour. Some feel more comfortable with video conferencing since they may testify in their own homes, unable to see others involved and even on-lookers. The sense of security can provide a smoother experience and often help witnesses share their stories with greater ease. 

Challenges of video conferencing with Florida family court

Virtual meetings do not come without their challenges. Anyone who has handled videoconferencing technology understands that it is apt to go awry at some point, making an already strenuous process even more so. It is difficult to pick up on body language and social cues through an electronic screen. In a standard courtroom setting, you can see exactly how someone responds to accusations and the judge’s statement. Not being able to have a physical presence can create feelings of distrust, even if unintentionally. 

Physical court is not going away any time soon, nor will it be obliterated where a Miami FL family law attorney must represent their client solely through a screen. It is, however, changing the way court is handled and can provide greater convenience for menial sessions.