The dynamics of every divorcing couple in British Columbia are unique, and more and more people choose to be in control of important decisions rather than leaving it up to a judge. However, not everybody can deal with all the issues without the negativity that often surrounds divorce negotiations. For this reason, the choice of the facilitator of divorce mediation, like Laughlin Lawyers, is important.
The sole purpose a divorce mediator is to provide a platform for peaceful negotiations between divorcing spouses, and he or she may not provide legal advice. The issues typically discussed in mediation are similar to those dealt with in court. Couples can either have a judge decide on matters such as asset distribution, spousal support, parenting and visitation and property settlement or leave negatives about their marriage behind and deal with contentious questions in an adult manner.
The success of divorce mediation often depends on securing the services of a suitable mediator. Some may appreciate a directive mediator who will explain what will likely be approved by a judge and then propose solid resolutions of conflicts, leaving the divorcing spouses to choose one of the options. Other couples may prefer a mediator who would empower them to make their own decisions. This mediator will encourage communication — and compromise when necessary — and use skilled discussions and questioning to guide couples to mutual agreements.
Even with the help of a skillful mediator, an experienced divorce lawyer for each party will be valuable assets. Any British Columbia resident who is considering divorce mediation rather than litigation may find that his or her divorce lawyer can recommend a suitable mediator. Along with providing helpful input during mediation, legal counsel can go through any agreements before they are signed and presented to the court.
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Source: gailvazoxlade.com, “Mediation”, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Accessed on June 9, 2017
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