In this initiative, a BC Provincial Court judge in one of three northern BC communities may, under the BC Family Law Act, order a family to meet with a Navigator who conducts a detailed intake, provides to the parties information, resources and referrals to community and legal services, and provides to the Court a report to assist the Court in considering whether to order the family to engage in private mediation, paid for by the parties on a sliding scale.
The Northern Navigator program is intended to help couples going through separation or divorce to find the best options to deal with their situation. Often, families need information, direction and guidance. The program combines access to the direction of the Court, information about services and processes, and guidance from a mediator as appropriate.
The Lab is assisting the program with a unique developmental evaluation approach. A Notice to the Profession for the initiative was issued by the Court effective June 1, 2016.