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The benefits of arbitration

When it comes to divorce, many people may imagine two spouses standing in front of a judge airing their grievances. However, couples in British Columbia have several choices, allowing them to find the process that fits best with their circumstances and their post-divorce goals. While there are pros and cons to litigation, mediation and arbitration, many find arbitration a better solution than going to court.

Arbitration is usually preferable over litigation

Family law matters are often very personal matters that can include some private information. When you and your ex can't work out the details of a divorce or other family law matters, you might have to make a choice between arbitration and litigation. This decision requires thought, but you should be aware of exactly what arbitration entails before you decide.

Can my ex stop me from moving?

In a simple answer, yes, but parental relocations — the formal term used for when a custodial parents wants to move with the children — are usually much more complicated than that. Summer is prime moving time for many people because the children are out of school and the weather is pleasant. Moving during the summer also gives everyone a chance to adjust to the new place and neighborhood before school starts back up in the fall. However, if you're a custodial parent planning to move this summer, there are a few things of which you should be aware.

Mediation and arbitration can combine in family law cases

Going through a divorce can be difficult for any adult; however, when there are children involved, the divorce can be much more difficult. One way that you and your child's other parent can handle the child custody aspect of the divorce, as well as issues that come up with the child custody after the divorce, is by using alternative dispute resolution.

Know your options for family law matters

When you are in the process of dealing with family law issues, you likely want those issues to be resolved as quickly as possible. Generally, there are three options for handling family law issues -- court, mediation and arbitration. If you are trying to decide which option is best for your case, you should understand each option. We can help you to learn how each option pertains to your case.

What does parental alienation look like?

Parental alienation can take many forms. While it's not unusual for divorces or separated parents to harbor some negative feelings toward each other, when these feelings spill over into the child's relationship with one parent, it can mean that parental alienation is occurring. While it is often an intentional action on the part of one parent, parental alienation can also happen unintentionally if the alienating parent is not aware that their actions are having a negative effect on the child.

What is arbitration?

Arbitration can be a very useful tool for those going through a divorce in Canada. The method in which arbitrations are handled is governed by the Ontario Arbitration Act, which went into effect in 1991. The arbitration process can also be used for other types of legal issues, including domestic, private and commercial cases.

Common-law relationships are growing more common

According to the census that was carried out in Canada back in 2011, more and more people are deciding to start common-law relationships. For Canadians who are 49 years old and younger, the amount of divorces has also been going down. Some experts think that the two things may be related, as more people turning to common-law relationships would naturally mean fewer people were married and therefore able to get divorced.

Property division and full financial disclosure

Property division is often the most contentious part of a divorce. This is true even more so for those situations where one person was the primary breadwinner and controlled the finances. If you were not part of the handling of the family finances when you were married, it can be overwhelming and confusing to figure out what you are entitled to by law and how to go about ensuring that you get a fair settlement.