Divorce can be a messy affair. Whether a British Columbia couple is formally married or living a common law lifestyle when the relationship sours and the decision has been made to part ways with property on the line, the issue of property division will rear its head at some point. Family law is very encompassing when it comes to common law spouses and dividing property.
Not everyone who wants kids wants to be in a traditional relationship. These days the family unit doesn't always consist of mom, dad and kids. British Columbia family law rules take that fact into account when it comes to issues like children and platonic parenting, which is gaining in popularity. More men and women are choosing to become parents and to co-parent them while maintaining friendships that aren't romantic.
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.
Resolving legal issues out of court is the ideal situation when it comes to the divorce process. The collaborative law process in British Columbia encourages couples to work with specialists to come to some consensus on difficult issues that accompany divorce, such as child support and custody. The collaborative process offers a safe place for former couples to reduce any conflict that may arise from these discussions.