Mediation has been used by families in British Columbia for several years and has become a preferred means to decide important issues such as property division and child custody. In order for spouses to achieve the best possible outcome from mediation, it is important that both parties act in good faith.
The mediator will function as an impartial person and will work to understand the concerns of both parties. In other words, the mediator will focus not only on what a person wants, but why he or she wants it. With this understanding, the mediator may help both parties find creative solutions that will meet their needs, as well as their children’s needs. If the mediation process is successful, both parties will come away with a legal agreement that they can live with for a long time.
Mediation is a voluntary process, and spouses are free to end mediation and take the case to court. If the parties complete the mediation process, it is a good idea for both parties to have a lawyer review the resulting settlement. This may help to ensure that the interests and rights of the spouses are protected.
Mediation has grown in popularity because it is an effective and efficient means of resolving family law issues. However, mediation does not guarantee that the resulting agreement will be fair. A lawyer may represent an individual during the mediation process to make sure that his or her rights are being protected. To learn more about the mediation process and why it can be an effective tool for creating a divorce agreement, visit our website.
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