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Collaborative law, professional help may be best for kids

When a marriage ends in divrce, one aspect of that partnership has come to its conclusion. For parents, however, there will always be the bond of the children they share. A new study reveals that children suffer emotionally during and after a divorce, but also suggests ways to support children during this tough time. Collaborative law can be the foundation of that support, and it can prevent the uncertainty of leaving important decisions to the British Columbia courts.

Mediation puts the future in divorcing couples' own hands

Today's divorcing couples have options that were unavailable not so many years ago. It is a sign of changing times and changing attitudes that concepts such as collaborative law and mediation are becoming routine considerations in British Columbia as alternatives to unpleasant litigation. For anyone considering taking this type of approach to a marital separation, here are some of the advantages that may be experienced.

Keep kids out of the courtroom with collaborative law

During divorce proceedings, or even long after a separation has taken place, former couples with children will strive to do what they feel is best for the kids. For British Columbia residents, this may mean using collaborative law to come to an agreement on custody arrangements and visitation rights. However, when ex-partners can't agree on a solution, the case may be taken to court and left to a judge to decide. 

Consider including grandparents in divorce mediation

The definition of "family" is continually evolving in British Columbia. That being the case, when a man and woman go though a separation, they should consider the implications their choices will have not only on their nuclear family but also on their extended family. If children are part of the family, the wishes of any living grandparents may need to be discussed during mediation. The concept of "grandparent's rights" is currently under scrutiny in another province.

Using collaborative law to shield children from the courts

There are two basic ways to go about settling a divorce: litigation, or alternative dispute resolution. For British Columbia parents that are separating, it may be preferable to choose collaborative law and avoid the courts when it comes to determining custody arrangements, whether during the actual divorce, or down the road if situations change. One former couple has found out recently how deeply into their personal lives the courts can reach.