The real estate market in British Columbia inflated beyond anyone's expectations recently, and home values are at historic highs. For some homeowners, it's like a dream come true. For those men and women going through a divorce, however, it may not be such good news. Even in a non-confrontational divorce using collaborative law, it might not be possible to hang on to the marital home.
The dream for many men and women in British Columbia is to marry, raise children and live happily ever after with their family. For some, however, the dream does not last. A divorce may mean the end of the family unit as it was, but it doesn't have to mean the end of good child rearing or a positive family dynamic. By starting from a nonconfrontational position, perhaps through a collaborative law approach to the divorce, parents can build a new family based on cooperation, and placing the child's needs first.
It is no secret that life after divorce is entirely different than it was before. Many people are not fully prepared for the challenges their new lives will bring, however. A recent study shows divorce can strain finances to the breaking point. For some men and women in British Columbia, collaborative law may hold some of the keys to a solution.
Settling any aspect of a divorce in a British Columbia court adds an unwelcome degree of uncertainty. Once a judge has made a ruling, it can be very difficult to make any adjustments. One unfortunate father found this out after choosing to represent himself during a support hearing. Had there been an opportunity to try collaborative law, the outcome may have been better, but as it was, the final ruling drastically changed his life.
A popular phrase holds that he (or she) who hesitates is lost. The opportunity to negotiate a family law settlement might also be lost if one doesn't seize the moment at the right time. A single mom in British Columbia may never know if she missed her chance to try to win child support years ago through collaborative law, or other means, after a recent effort came up short.
A divorce in British Columbia is not unusual. In fact, around 40 percent of all marriages in this country end in divorce. However, the specifics of each divorce are unique, because no two marriages are exactly the same. That being the case, there is more than one way for a divorce to proceed. For those who can, using collaborative law instead of litigation might be a time and money saver.
Some British Columbia couples that choose to end their marriage will separate, but not get divorced right away. In many cases, creating a separation agreement, often via collaborative law, is enough to satisfy both parties. The question some people may be asking, however, is whether the agreement could be challenged or upset at a later date, particularly if one party chooses to file for divorce.
Whatever a divorced couple's feelings may be for each other, if they have children, they are still obligated to maintain the welfare of the kids. For the non-custodial parent, this may be limited to simple financial support, but once ordered by a British Columbia court, it is still an obligation. Even parents who arrived at a settlement arrangement using collaborative law may find problems arising in the future.
No matter how one approaches it, divorce can be a difficult and emotional life event. There are ways, however, in which it may be possible to alleviate some of the stress and make a relatively clean break. Using collaborative law may be one of the best methods available to men and women in British Columbia.
When parents cannot agree on what's best for their child during or after a divorce, sometimes matters can become unpleasant. Recently, a child custody dispute spanning half way around the world found its way to a courtroom east of British Columbia. This unusually convoluted case has seen an Amber Alert, a warrant for an arrest and stories of a sex and murder factory in a far off land. Collaborative law is clearly no longer an option for this family.