When things get tough, many divorcing couples turn to mediation

The last thing most couples who are divorcing want is added tension during the process. To keep things as civil as possible, many British Columbia couples are opting for divorce help, such as alternative dispute resolution or mediation. When a divorce ends up in litigation, it is harder for everyone involved, and that could include children.

Many people are also resorting to online apps to manage their divorces. These apps can help with things like co-parenting and managing documents that are necessary when filing for and going through divorce. How divorce mediators can help is by assisting couples to come to agreements on contentious issues -- issues such as child custody, child support and spousal support. Many couples, although divorcing, have made the conscious decision to try to work out their divorce agreement with as little angst as possible.

If couples do end up in court, at least one litigant, in many cases, chooses to represent himself or herself. But experts say this idea is usually not in his or her best interests. Self-representation is complicated, especially when a litigant is not familiar with the law. It's nearly impossible to navigate the system on one's own.

Mediation is one way of getting through the divorce process without footing the hefty cost of taking issues to court. A British Columbia lawyer may be able to help a client to settle these issues through a meditative process. Mediation also offers the positives of privacy and allows a client to maintain some control over his or her own situation instead of giving that control to a family court judge.

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