Mediate BC Society and the Legal Services Society recently launched an innovative new pilot program.
The Family Mediation Referral Program assists BC families to achieve early resolution of family disputes involving division of property/debt and spousal support, in addition to any child related issues (such as parenting arrangements, guardianship, child support). The program provides people who qualify financially for legal aid – but do not have a legal issue that qualifies them for representation by a legal aid lawyer – with a referral to Mediate BC for 6 hours of paid family mediation services by a private mediator. Fees for mediation services beyond the 6 paid hours are determined by the parties’ income and net assets.
Mediate BC has assembled an impressive group of Family Roster and Associate Family Roster mediators from around the province who have offered to provide their services to this program. Mediate BC is very pleased to be collaborating with LSS on this project which will increase access to justice for BC families experiencing separation and divorce.
To access the program, people can visit their local legal aid office or call the Legal Services Society at 604 408 2172 or toll free at 1 866 577 2525, Monday to Friday from 9:00 am 3:45 pm (Wednesday to 2:00 pm).