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New Family Law Act in BC – Leads the Pack in Canada

By Karen Stewart

The fact that Bill 16, Family Law Act has been passed is a sign that the traditional system needed reform. The new act addresses some of the fundamental problems in the system. The impact the act has on divorce with children and families, in general, is more optimistic. The massive amount of destruction to assets and children that have occurred in our adversarial system is indisputable. The courts have been needlessly backlogged because of cases that simply do not belong in front of our judges.

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What does the new Act mean for families?

What the Act Means for Families

Couples using our expensive courtroom resources to fight their personal battles has to come to an end. The new Act is a step in the right direction because it steers couples towards divorce mediation. Mediation is in the best interest of children and their parents. It will also save taxpayers money. The unfortunate reality of our system is that those who really need a judge’s intervention often do not get heard in time. We do not need to look beyond the front pages of the newspaper to read of the tragedy of families that are “lost” in our system.

If we can save one child from the tragic outcome created because of our system and if we can start to empower children of divorce to move through their parent’s divorce without emotional harm — then we can start to change the way divorce happens. The new Act focuses primarily on the well being of the children and I am hopeful that this agenda will create greater accountability within the system as it is long overdue.

If your family is in need of mediation services, please contact Fairway Divorce Solutions.