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YES, Mediation can work!
Mediation is a voluntary process in which both parties provide full disclosure and work towards resolution as amicably and respectfully as possible.
Any alternative dispute resolution process is an excellent first step in resolving any family matter or any dispute. If the process does not work for some reason, the court is always available to make a final determination for the parties.
Collaborative Family Law is an alternative dispute resolution process and is an option within the Family law processes. Family Law encompasses all matters related to families, including guardianship or child protection, whereas Collaborative Family Law is a process that deals with divorcing couples aiming for a divorce.
Your spouse betrayed your trust and has caused you a world of hurt. Unfortunately, his/her bad behaviour does not remove his/her entitlement to a share of the matrimonial property and/or spousal support. This is because the laws governing support obligations and property division don’t take into account any misconduct by a spouse.
For instance, the Divorce Act states expressly in section 15.2(5) that, in making a spousal support order, “the court shall not take into consideration any misconduct of a spouse in relation to the marriage.” The Family Law Act, which applies to unmarried couples, says the same thing, except that it permits the consideration of conduct that:
As far as matrimonial property is concerned, a spouse is entitled to share in the property that he/she contributed to, either in the acquisition, or in the maintenance and preservation of. They don’t forfeit their just and equitable entitlement because of their misconduct towards you.
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