Most people think of their pets as part of the family. So, when a British Columbia couple is splitting up, divorce mediation may be necessary to sort out who gets Fido the pooch and/or Fluffy the kitty. But there may be one person favoured by the pet, and when a decision needs to be made regarding an animal, it may be in the animal's best interest to be with the one to whom it is closest.
When it comes to volatility, there is probably no other situation fraught with such high-intensity emotion than divorce. Those emotions can be diffused amongst divorcing couples in British Columbia through divorce mediation, which can bring back the dignity into a sometimes otherwise undignified situation. There are many ways a divorcing couple today can lessen the stress between them and for their children and other family members.
Divorcing couples with children would do well to adopt a parenting plan checklist when it comes to co-parenting their children. Moving forward amidst separation, divorce mediation for separating British Columbia couples may make the difference between a relatively amicable situation and one that is wrought with anger, frustration and fear. Part of those mediation sessions should include the development of a checklist.
No matter what one's reasons are for ending a marriage in British Columbia, it is never an easy process. Legal matters can be stressful, although nonconfrontational divorce methods like mediation may help. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, feeling strong emotions during a divorce is normal. However, if they aren't managed properly, the stresses of a divorce can cause lasting mental health issues. The CMHA offers many tips on how to reduce the emotional impact of divorce, some of which are listed below.
The fact that a divorce can be stressful and emotional will come as no surprise to anyone. What might be surprising to some is that a messy divorce may have a negative effect on the physical health of children. For divorcing parents in British Columbia, choosing mediation over litigation may help to mitigate the effects.
People living in British Columbia have a range of divorce options that did not exist not so many years ago. Rather than going to court, many divorcing couples choose a form of alternative dispute resolution to sort out their marital dissolution in a less confrontational manner. Mediation is proving to be among the most popular choices. However, what guarantees do people have as to the quality of mediators available to them?
All divorces in British Columbia must be filed with the Court, but disputed issues do not necessarily need to be resolved there also. Couples often start by negotiating the terms of their divorce, but if they reach an impasse on certain issues, they may be able to draw on alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods before taking the final step of having a judge decide for them in Court.
When serious conflicts arise over such family law matters as property division, child or spousal support, or child custody, it is not always necessary to go to court. Two alternative dispute resolution methods open to families are mediation and arbitration. Both share many similar advantages, but each method is very different in how it generates a resolution.
When it comes to most disputes there are many ways a matter might be resolved. One of those approaches is mediation. In the course of a mediation, the parties seeking to resolve issues will work with a neutral third party. With that individual's assistance the parties work together to come to an agreement on the disputed matters.
In our last post we wrote about the way in which couples who are divorcing, or ending their common-law relationship, might use the collaborative process to help sort out the various issues that need to be addressed. That is not the only way that these matters can be addressed without going to court. Family Law Mediation is another option that couples who are looking for a civil resolution, and are willing to work together, might pursue.