As part of the Okanagan Valley community, at Quay Law Centre we are aware of the special needs of our clients and the family law issues that matter to them. Whether you work at one of the area wineries, orchards, in manufacturing or are part of our tourist industry, we will try and work with you to accommodate your schedule. We will even travel to meet you wherever you are in the Okanagan Valley if necessary.
Our clients appreciate our respect for their time as well as their bottom line. Although some disputes can only be resolved in court, for the most part our clients are much better served through alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is also usually a far better choice for couples with children.
ADR – which can consist of family law mediation, negotiation, arbitration and collaborative family law – is normally far faster, more efficient and more cost-effective than going to court. At our Okanagan office we usually employ our junior lawyers for the day-to-day work of your case, billing you at a lower rate and only calling in our senior lawyer if your case becomes complex.
Resolving Disputes Constructively
There are a number of ADR approaches available:
- Assisted negotiation: In this approach, both parties negotiate with the help of their lawyers, who provide legal advice and help keep discussion focused.
- Mediation: The parties sit down with their lawyers and a mediator and focus on meeting everyone’s needs. Rather than giving an outsider — a judge — control over the results, participants set their own agenda and find their own creative, often unique solutions.
- Arbitration: This is similar to a court proceeding, but slightly less formal. You can choose your own arbitrator and it is often much faster than going to court.
- Collaborative family law: The lawyers are often joined by other professionals, who give advice to the separating couple about finances, child care, property division and other matters. All sides agree that if a resolution cannot be reached through this process, new lawyers will be hired before going to court. This encourages everyone to work to resolve issues.
Our lawyers are all experienced in mediation, two are certified arbitrators themselves and one is a parenting coordinator.
Contact Quay Law Centre online, or call us locally at 604-527-1161 or toll free at 877-895-1426. We represent clients all over the Metro-Vancouver area, including Surrey, Fraser Valley, Kelowna, Vernon and any other area throughout British Columbia, Canada and internationally.