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Jon and Kate: how collaborative law might have helped

Celebrities seem to exist in a world of their own, and it is a world fraught with messy divorces. Tabloids thrive on these stories, while most people barely bat an eye in surprise or spend much time worrying about them. The truth is that these are all real people going through real challenges, many of which are not unlike those faced by average British Columbia couples. For an excellent example that is relatively easy to understand, consider the lives of former reality TV couple Jon and Kate Gosselin and then ponder what collaborative law could have done for them.

When divorce season hits, seek shelter with collaborative law

When a couple makes the decision to separate, the spouses may in fact be the victims of a form of a seasonal disorder. A study conducted in Washington, whose residents experience seasons very similar to those in British Columbia, suggests spring and summer are key times for divorce. Collaborative law is probably not the first thing on the mind of those who get caught up in the moment, but it perhaps should be.

Will mediation work for every separation?

Mediation, like other forms of alternative dispute resolution, can be a time and money saver for those about to separate. Instead of hiring a legal team and facing off in court, using a mediator allows for a simpler, more harmonious exit for both parties. But how does a couple decide if it is right for them? Here are a few factors to consider for anyone contemplating mediation in British Columbia.

Collaborative law can help one avoid unpleasant litigation

Getting divorced means making choices. If one has already made the choice to change his or her life, there is still the need to decide what is wanted out of the separation, such as how assets will be divided, matters related to the care of children and the method to be used during divorce proceedings. An array of options exists today for anyone going through a divorce in British Columbia that many may not have considered. Collaborative law can allow someone to achieve his or her goal of independence on terms that suit both the individual and his or her partner.

Mediation allows parents to stay flexible as children grow

When parents in British Columbia go through a divorce, it may be difficult to keep the best interests of the children in the forefront. Divorce may involve a tangle of emotions, and many decisions made at the time are often intended to last for decades after the papers are signed. However, when it comes to child custody arrangements, parents may need to allow a great deal of flexibility as children change and grow. Mediation allows parents to arrive at a more fluid schedule that can change over time.