Q: How has COVID-19 impacted the practice of family law?
A: Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, the practice of family law has evolved in a positive way. Hostetter Strent quickly made technology upgrades, allowing clients video conferencing at their convenience and easy access to documents and to their attorneys. Remote capabilities enabled us to hire employees without regard to their residence and to access experts and witnesses from varying locations. Virtual hearings reduced travel time for both clients and attorneys and while the courthouses remained on a reduced schedule, Hostetter Strent clients took advantage of mediation and other alternative dispute resolution processes to resolve many of their cases without resorting to judicial decisions. Many of these improvements will remain as the health crises resolves.