Couples in British Columbia may not realize that the lasting effect of the trauma of a divorce can be lessened by taking proper care of themselves. Emotions and anxiety can be overwhelming during this time, and adequate rest, healthy eating, enough activity and both moral and legal support can ease the process. Along with issues related to child custody, the division of property can become contentious if not handled carefully.
It may be beneficial for a divorcing couple to work toward reaching agreements in negotiations to avoid stress over the high costs of litigation. Reportedly, most couples choose to jointly manage their finances by combining their incomes to pay both personal and household expenses. Upon divorce, they must separate their finances, and each spouse must evaluate his or her financial positions and assess any future needs.
However, most couples seem to work toward settlements through communication and compromise. Statistics show that about half of divorcing couples in British Columbia manage to avoid court proceedings — often even after one spouse started the process by going to court but then agreed to resolve issues. The percentage of couples who ultimately reach settlements through litigation is insignificant — only six in every 100 couples.
While some British Columbia couples choose to navigate their divorce proceedings on their own, many others have found that the support and guidance of a skilled divorce lawyer can be invaluable when it comes to the division of property. Along with the legal advice that a seasoned lawyer can offer, he or she can prepare the client for what to expect. Such a professional can provide valuable input based on his or her years of experience to ensure a smooth transference into a new chapter of life.
Source: justiceeducation.ca, “Family Law Basics“, Accessed on Dec. 9, 2016
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