Family Law Mediation

In British Columbia, families are increasingly choosing mediation to resolve their disputes. With the new Family Law Act in place, out-of-court options are rising to prominence. Mediation gives spouses the opportunity to reach an agreement in private, with the assistance of a neutral third party. The process is generally cheaper than going to court and results in agreements that all participants can accept for the long term.

Peterson Stark Scott is a Surrey law firm of family dispute resolution professionals. Our lawyers are committed to family law mediation when appropriate and have substantial experience to offer clients. Members of our team are certified family law mediators and collaborative family law lawyers.

Benefits of Mediation

Unlike a court-imposed settlement, where a judge decides the terms of a separation or divorce, a settlement arrived at through mediation involves the input of both spouses. The role of mediator is not to decide the outcome, but to lead the parties to agreement. Among the many issues that can be settled in mediation are:

  • Child custody (parenting responsibilities and parenting time)
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Division of property and debts
  • Changes to previous orders and agreements

Mediation is voluntary and all parties should approach the process in good faith.

Even though spouses may enter into mediation amicably, each should be represented by a lawyer who can provide guidance and independently review any final agreement. At Peterson Stark Scott, we can provide you with more information about the option of mediation and help you assess whether it is the right choice for your family.

Collaborative Family Law

Collaborative family law is a different process from mediation. Spouses participate with their lawyers, who are trained in collaborative family law, and other experts such as child welfare specialists and financial advisers. The lawyers and spouses agree not to go to court. Instead, they operate as a team to find an agreement that works for everyone.

Contact Us for a Confidential Consultation

When you are facing relationship breakdown, contact us to learn more about your options. There are solutions apart from going to court. Call 604-588-9321 or 1-800-555-3288 or reach us online to make an appointment.