It is no secret that the end of a marriage can be an emotionally-trying experience, particularly for couples with minor children. Here in British Columbia, there is a wealth of support that can be accessed by spouses wishing to divorce. Seeking that support can be instrumental in ensuring both spouses and involved children are granted the most equitable, mutually-agreeable settlements possible.
Divorce law can be extremely complicated, which is why many divorce professionals advise against self-representation in court. While divorce law can vary from province to province, even for couples who are lifelong B.C. residents, the particulars of the law as it is written here may not be common knowledge. A divorce professional with a long history in understanding and working with family law can help navigate these sometimes-confusing waters.
Of course, court is not the only option available to divorcing spouses. In some cases, out-of-court mediation overseen by a neutral third party can help to avoid some of the associated costs of a separation, and it can be particularly effective for couples who have made mutual, amicable decisions to end their marriages. Of course, this does not discount the need for individual representation, but it can help smooth the road towards various parts of the settlement agreement, most particularly where child custody is concerned.
There is no one right way to divorce. British Columbia couples wishing to end their marriages have a variety of options available to them, but ultimately it is up to the couples to determine which avenues work the best for their unique situations. Due diligence on the part of both spouses in seeking their personal representation is the key to a smoother road to a divorce and, hopefully, a happier future for them and for their children.