There are many ways to end a marriage. Here in British Columbia, more and more couples considering divorce are choosing to go the route of mediation in order to avoid lengthy court appearances and costs. However, it is important to remember that even if a divorce does not take place in a court room, the role of attorneys in the process is still critical.
Mediation and other alternative forms of divorce fall under the umbrella of alternative dispute resolution. In most cases, ADR allows the couple to come together outside of a courtroom setting with an impartial mediator who helps to facilitate hammering out the details of a divorce agreement. This style of divorce has lent itself well to couples who are otherwise amicable and not contentious.
However, this does not mean that lawyers do not play a role in the process. Typically, both parties will still retain independent counsel who can work with them to understand the complexities of divorce law, particularly as it pertains to child custody agreements and asset division. In a mediation, the role of attorneys is not necessarily to fight for the wishes of the client, but instead to help facilitate an amenable divorce process while providing legal advice.
No matter how a couple chooses to divorce, the support of an experienced divorce attorney can be a huge benefit to both spouses. British Columbia divorce law can be complicated, and having an attorney to help navigate those waters can make for a more equitable settlement for both parties. This in turn allows them to conclude divorce proceedings quickly and efficiently and move forward into their new single lives.