There’s a new option for mediating family law disputes in British Columbia! It’s a pilot project of Access Pro Bono, the organization dedicated to delivering quality free legal services to people and non-profit groups with limited means. They are now offering eligible clients free mediation services to resolve their family law disputes.
A woman comes into a legal aid office asking for help — she wants her husband, who no longer lives with her and the kids, to stop harassing her. She explains that he makes threats, and while they were still living together, he assaulted her and wouldn’t let her see her family or get a job. She took the children to a woman’s shelter.
You were given a traffic ticket and decided to dispute it, so you filed a Notice of Dispute and received a Notice of Hearing. Now your court date is coming up and you wonder how your hearing will work. Will it be like a trial on ‘Law and Order’, or maybe like those conducted by Judge Judy?
So, you’ve been given a traffic ticket and you want to dispute it. This eNews not only explains how to dispute a ticket, arrange a hearing, and prepare for the hearing, but it answers FAQs about the process and some of the complications people encounter.
Although BC’s Family Law Act encourages separated parents to resolve conflicts by agreement, access to mediation services can be limited in areas that are far from large population centres. Communities in BC’s Peace River region are working to try a different approach to resolving family disputes in some cases – one that involves early intervention and the possibility of mandatory mediation.