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Family Day is Challenging for Those Facing Post-Holiday Separation or Divorce

Vancouver - Separation and divorce rates increase dramatically after the holiday season which can cause stress in families right around the time British Columbia is celebrating Family Day. For some families, their focus this time of year is to find out how to get through separation and divorce. Mediation provides an effective, more affordable and less stressful option to going to court and ways to cope with the other partner, especially when children are involved. “If you’re a parent you’re going to be a parent forever,” says Mediate BC’s Executive Director Kari Boyle. “Even if you’re separated and divorced you’re going to have to deal with that other parent in some fashion.” 

In honour of Family Day 2015 Mediate BC is hosting events across the province with experienced family mediators to provide the public with information about how mediation can assist families’ transition through separation and divorce without the need to go to court. 

Family mediation is an effective and affordable option to the court system:

Mediation resolved all issues in more than 80% of family disputes*

The average total mediator fee for a completed family mediation is less than $2,000* (when legal fees for a court action including a two-day trial average $14,500 for each party)** 

“These results demonstrate the affordability and effectiveness of mediation,” says Boyle. “While a court process is sometimes needed, mediation is often the better solution to save British Columbians time, money and stress in resolving conflict.” 

Panel Discussion

Family Mediation: The Better Way to Address Separation & Divorce
Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Time: 7:00PM – 8:45PM
Location: Surrey City Centre Library, Room 120 (10350 University Dr.)
Admission: Free, limited seating so please register early 604-681-6050 x104 

Mediate BC has assembled a panel of experienced family mediators and legal experts to share with the public how mediation can make the process easier. This free event also brings community partners Options Community Services Society, Sources Community Resource Centres, DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society and the Pacific Community Resources Society to one location to assist families in identifying programs and resources that are available in Surrey to aid families. 

Provincial Courthouse Family Mediation Information Tables 

Mediate BC’s experienced local family mediators will also be in Provincial Courthouses across the province to provide information to families engaged in the process of separation and divorce. 

Courthouse

Address

Date(s) 

Times

Campbell River

500 – 13th Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

9:00am - 4:00pm

Courtenay

420 Cumberland Rd.

Wednesday, Mar. 4

9:30am - 12:30pm

Fort St. John

10600 – 100th St.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

9:00am - 12:00pm

Kamloops

455 Columbia St.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

9:00am - 12:00pm

Kelowna

1355 Water St.

Tuesday Feb. 10 & 17

9:00am - 3:30pm

North Vancouver

200 E. 23rd St.

Tuesday, Feb. 17

9:00am - 4:00pm

Richmond

7577 Elmbridge Way

Thursday, Feb. 12 & 19

9:00am - 4:00pm

Salmon Arm

550 – 2nd Ave.

Wednesday, Feb. 11

9:00am - 12:00pm

Surrey

14340 – 57th Ave.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 & Thursday, Feb. 12

9:00am - 4:00pm

Vancouver (Robson Square)

800 Hornby St.

Monday, Feb. 16

9:30am - 12:30pm

Victoria

850 Burdett Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 12 & 19

9:00am - 12:00pm

Western Communities

1756 Island Hwy

Monday, Feb. 16

8:30am - 12:00pm

“Mediation is often overlooked when people find themselves in a conflict,” says Mediate BC’s Boyle. “The go-to response tends to be legal action. But there are mediators all over the province who can assist people to resolve many of these conflicts more quickly and affordably, and arrive at solutions which are more tailored to their needs and enduring for all parties.” 

Mediate BC is a not-for-profit organization committed to providing people with practical, accessible, and affordable choices to prevent, manage and resolve disputes. 

These events are generously funded by the Law Foundation of BC. 

For more information, visit www.mediatebc.com or contact Dave Alexander at 604-681-6050 x104 dave.alexander@mediatebc.com.

*Survey of Mediate BC Mediators 2014

**Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey 2014

Posted: February 05, 2015