Divorce mediation can be an excellent option for parties who want to end their relationships but without all of the fightings. The mediation process can be especially helpful and beneficial for divorces or separations involving children. The less strife and contention surrounding the divorce, the easier it may be for the children to transition.
However, what happens when the divorce settlement is almost ready to be signed? How can you keep that atmosphere of teamwork and looking out for the best interests of the children as you move into your new lives? One of the things that the family courts believe can help with this is taking the Parenting After Separation session, which is required for most divorces with children.
Most people are required to take the Parenting After Separation session early on in the divorce process. However, there are some exceptions. If you are filing a consent order or have applied for a protection order you may be automatically exempted. Other situations that may result in an exemption include an immediate risk to you or your child’s safety, the presence of a serious health problem or you have taken the session already within the past two years.
The Parenting After Separation session will help you learn how to extend the respect and civility of the mediation process to your new family dynamic after the papers are signed and everything is finalized. It may also help you and your ex-understand the importance of working as a team to successfully co-parent your children. If you have questions about the Parenting After Separation session or the divorce mediation process, we can help.
Source: B.C. Government, “Do I have to take Parenting After Separation?” accessed May 13, 2016
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