As you know if you are a regular reader of this blog, I am a big fan of Mediation generally. I favor Mediation in Family Law because it gives parties ownership and control over their destiny. I always believe that Mothers and Fathers, Husbands and Wives know more than a Judge about their own lives and what is best for their families. In the time of COVID-19, I am an even greater proponent of Mediation. Mediation now gives you the opportunity to have a ready forum to resolve your dispute. If you are waiting for a Judge to hear your case- dig in–you may be waiting for months or even a year. If you decide to mediate –you may get the resolution you need before we come out of quarantine.
I just got off one of the many Zoom calls about Family Law updates that I am on weekly, and the news I have to report is that in our courts family law matters are NOT likely to resume soon. While technically many Philadelphia area courts may be re-opening on June 1st, nothing will be business as usual. The backlog is enormous. All filings continue, but only emergencies are being heard. The four county area of Delaware County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia County, each are handling their re-openings differently, but the essential message from family court Judges and administrators is to expect disruption and delays for a long time into the future.