Quay Law Centre is pleased to announce the opening of our new Mediation and Arbitration Centre, West Coast ADR, located at #401 – 960 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC.
At Quay Law Centre, we offer mediation and collaborative law options for couples seeking amicable resolutions without going to court. Mediation and collaborative law, also called collaborative separation and divorce, are designed for couples who are willing to work together to address their differences.
If you are seeking to avoid the financial and emotional expense of traditional divorce litigation, contact our experienced lawyers at Quay Law Centre. We are the largest group of family lawyers in B.C., and we employ lawyers who are trained in collaborative law, as well as mediators.
During mediation, the parties attend a meeting with a neutral third party, a mediator, who helps guide the couple through the process to build consensus on issues such as child custody and access, child support, and division of property. The mediation process can also include lawyers.
The mediator is usually a family law lawyer, psychologist or another trained professional, with specialized training in mediation. Parties should seek legal advice during the mediation process. At Quay Law Centre, we have trained family law mediators who can facilitate the process. Alternatively, we can provide legal representation or advice through the mediation process.
In a collaborative divorce, the two parties sign an agreement stating that they will not go to court, but will collaborate to resolve all issues themselves, with the help of their lawyers and other collaborative law professionals such as financial advisors, child specialists and mental health professionals. If either side decides to abandon this approach and go forward to trial, both parties must retain new lawyers.
At Quay Law Centre, we have trained collaborative lawyers. Our goal is to identify the best and most cost-effective legal approach for each client.
Arbitration is available as a resolution of family law disputes in British Columbia. At this time, family law arbitrations are governed by the B.C. Commercial Arbitration Act and specific rules apply to domestic commercial arbitrations. Some are of the view that these rules are not amenable to a family law case.
However, there may be significant changes to our current Family Relations Act, which would be replaced by a new Family Law Act in British Columbia. At this moment in time, it is unknown as to when/if it will be proclaimed law but it is anticipated that the mechanisms available under the new regime will be more attractive for the disposition of domestic disputes and will include provisions for family law arbitration.
Arbitration may be attractive because it has more potential for privacy than do court decisions. Most court decisions are published and available to the public.
Private financial details and issues of behaviour are possible to be kept confidential in arbitrations. It is thought that arbitrations can be more compliant to the temporal needs of the parties.
Arbitration can usually be accomplished much quicker than the current court process.
Although the contractual terms of arbitration are obtained in an arbitration agreement, the parties can usually tailor the terms to their own individual needs.
Finally, Quay Law Centre is planning to make arbitration an available option for our clients, using its most senior lawyers as arbitrators. Some of our lawyers are currently taking the necessary training to become an Arbitrator. Parties interested in arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism should consider the provisions of the pending Family Law Act and speak to one of our lawyers at Quay Law Centre.
To schedule a consultation, contact Quay Law Centre online, or call us locally at 604-527-1161 or toll free at 877-895-1426. From our multiple offices, we represent clients in the Metro-Vancouver area, including Surrey, Fraser Valley, Tri-Cities, Burnaby, and any other area throughout B.C., Canada and internationally.