The House Renovation – Lessons for the Divorce Process
Divorce and a house renovation can have a lot in common - they are disruptive by nature, potentially very costly, and rarely straight forward as one would imagine. However, in both cases, these risks may be minimized through realistic expectations, careful planning and choosing the right team. Regardless of how small or large a reno, it can turn your life upside down. The same can be said for family law issues - transitioning towards a new normal can be overwhelming, expensive and time consuming. Managing expectations can be challenging, especially when delays are unanticipated and parties are not on the same page. Any successful renovation starts with a well thought out design, based on an in-depth understanding of the goals, budget, framework and the existing structure - its challenges and history. The next step is hiring the right contractor, who will in-turn put the right team in place for execution. So imagine hiring a contractor to assist in managing all the pieces involved in putting together a separation agreement. A Process Manager that keeps things moving forward, identifying the pieces and professionals - advising on which lawyers to hire, if mediation is right for you, and ensuring a resolution is kept in focus every step of the way. When living through a renovation there are painful delays, unexpected costs that arise and ongoing stressful upheaval. The value a contractor brings is to assist in resolving these issues. So why not consider the same for your Divorce? A professional to communicate the plan, keep it on track and move all the pieces towards completion. Once a renovation is complete, there is a sense of relief and time to reflect on the execution. Was it on time and on budget? Am I happy with the result? With a Divorce, the questions you may ask yourself may be, did I have a well thought out design and did I have to spend that much money? Hiring the right General Contractor for your renovation or Process Manager for your Divorce, may go a long way towards how you answer those questions.
Diane Horsman & Michael Reid, LL.B