Barrister & Solicitor
Guardianship and Custody
Separation and divorce can be a profoundly difficult time, especially if there are children involved. Our goal is to help you consider the needs of the children first. There are difficult questions to work out, such as living arrangements, parenting time, how decisions are made, and what happens when there are safety concerns.
It is important to keep in mind, however, that perhaps one of the most traumatic experiences to a child is for her parents to be so engrossed in the “fight” over her that she has been reduced to nothing more than collateral damage. Support from a settlement focused or collaborative family lawyer in dealing with your separation is one way to minimize the disruptive process, but more importantly, we strongly suggest parents work with coaches.
Coaches are trained mental health professionals who work with parents in the divorce and separation process. Although coaches are commonly part of the team in the collaborative family law process, coaches can also be invaluable outside of the collaborative family law process.
With the support of coaches, parents grow to overcome challenges in a separation and form a parenting plan that will grow with the child. This would not only be more cost-effective for the parents, it would also result in more enduring arrangements and just perhaps, strengthened relationships.
For more information on coaches, please visit www.collaborativedivorcebc.com.
As guardians, both parents have parental responsibility for their children and pursuant to s.41 of Family Law Act, the parental responsibilities are:
It is important to keep in mind that there are various ways to structure the exercise of parental responsibilities to facilitate cooperation between the parents.
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