The Family Law Act tries to reduce conflict by steering couples towards dispute resolution options such as mediation, before using the courts.
The mediator is required to:
- assess for family violence
- based on the results of that assessment, discuss the various types of family dispute resolution available
- advise of facilities and other resources available to assist the family
Mediation can also be used for negotiating marriage agreements and co-habitation agreements in accordance with the new property provisions of the Family Law Act.
For more information about the new Act:
Listen to an interview about the Family Law Act with Mediate BC Executive Director Kari Boyle and Family Roster Mediator Eugene Raponi, Q.C. on from CFAX 1070's The Drive with Terry Moore (March 25, 2013)
Or download it here.