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Family law: Some frequent flyer parents tying up family court

Parents who have the need to appear in family court for many issues are often referred to as frequent flyers. When it comes to children's issues in British Columbia, rules are instated under family law. Parents who want the court to intervene in the smallest details often take up valuable court time, which could be a problem for those parents who have more serious issues to iron out. 

Going to court to figure out if little Sally should take ballet lessons or if little Johnny should play soccer reduces available court time for issues that are really pressing like alleged parental abuse or parental alienation situations. When parents have joint custody of their children, there may be more insignificant points upon which they don't agree. These issues would be better worked out by other means, such as through mediation or via a parent coordinator.

A parenting coordinator -- who can also be a lawyer -- may be able to help parents come to an agreement over certain details they can't agree on by themselves, but both individuals have to agree to work with such a person. It can not only save time, but can be much more cost-effective than going to court. Still, there are some individuals who will insist on going to court.

A lawyer who has experience with British Columbia family law may be able to advise a client on the alternatives available to him or her other than court. A lawyer may also be able to help in fashioning a parenting plan to help a client iron out the smaller details of life with their children. It may be best for the children as well to come to an agreement on issues other than by heading to court.

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