The provincial government says a new service available to Victoria families will provide mediation-focused services before family law matters enter a courtroom.
B.C. Attorney General David Eby introduced the Victoria Early Resolution and Case Management Model to help families with mediation and conflict resolution, including a justice service assessment, mediation and parenting education.
The province says the model will assist with matters such as child and spousal support, parenting arrangements, contact and guardianship.
“This new approach to resolving family disputes keeps the focus on the best interests of children and families, and could transform our approach to family justice in our province,” Eby said in a statement.
People who use the service can either call or visit the Victoria Justice Access Centre (JAC) at the Victoria Law Courts building, for an early needs assessment to identify legal and non-legal issues.
The parties will then be referred to free parenting education and in some cases can have at least one consensual dispute resolution session and service from a child support officer.
The province says similar projects may be rolled out throughout the province based on results of the Victoria model.