submitted by Patricia Lalonde
That elephant has been the subject of money throughout your relationship. It’s a tough subject. Not because arithmetic is complicated, but, because the subject is loaded with emotional baggage and multi-generational values.
When a relationship ends, that baggage of emotionally charged money matters needs to be opened, scrutinized, clarified and divided. This is no easy task! To make matters worse, emotions have sky-rocketed, plans and dreams have exploded and the future is uncertain at best.
Help is at hand.
BC’s Family Law Act was designed to help families stay out of court by directing them to “Alternatives” such as Mediation and Collaborative Practice.
When money is an issue, Mediators and Collaborative Practitioners call on Neutral Financial Professionals who are also Mediators and Collaborative Professionals. When there are emotional issues or concerns about the children, there are Mediators and Collaborative Professionals who specialize in mental health. In this way, people have support from specialists in Law, Finance and Mental Health. It might seem counter-intuitive to think that this can be a cost-effective solution. But, it is. How much better is it, to have a financial specialist sort out your financial confusion? Less time, less cost, more clarity and better to have one financial document than fighting over two different ones.
How much better to have a mental health professional guide you through the emotions of separation than a lawyer or financial person?
Yes, help is at hand for that big financial ELEPHANT! That’s what a Neutral Financial Mediator can do for you.
CFP, Qualified Mediator, Neutral Collaborative Professional