Family law: Children want voices heard in divorce situations

On behalf of Peterson Stark Scott posted in Family Law on March 12, 2019.

Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is often used in contentious divorce situations. Divorced British Columbia couples who co-parent their children often use ADR under family law to iron out issues regarding their kids — issues regarding things such as parenting plans, visitation, custody and support. A parent coordinator may be able to help in the process to help keep individual cases out of courtrooms.

Children are often more adversely affected by their parents’ divorces than their parents may be. Studies have shown that kids want to be able to voice their opinions when it comes to those issues that affect them during their parents’ divorces. As a matter of fact, children have the right to be heard as indicated in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child, which Canada ratified.

If they’re old enough, children may be asked for their input on issues like parenting coordination. Children may feel empowered when allowed to do so. A pilot project in Canada between 2012 and 2014 showed that most children, parents and parent coordinators agreed on giving children the opportunity to voice their thoughts and ideas when it came to parent coordination. Overall, it was agreed that allowing kids to voice their opinions and concerns gave everyone a better grasp of children’s needs.

British Columbia residents who are looking for further information on ADR and how it may help them with their children will likely to able to find the answers in a family law lawyer. A divorcing or separating client may be confused about the tools available to him or her under family law. A lawyer will provide that clarity.

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