New! Virtual Services

Free in-court (on-site) mediation

“On-site mediation” refers to meditation that takes place on the day you are in court. We can also schedule your on-site mediation for a more convenient day before or after your court date.

Usually, on-site mediation takes place in the courthouse. During Covid-19 we provide this service online using Zoom.

Mediation is a voluntary process of negotiation. You do not need to be referred by the judge.

A judge cannot order you to mediate, but they may order you to attend a confidential intake meeting if you are attending a conference.

You will not be forced to mediate if you do not want to do so, or if the mediator decides that your case is not suitable for mediation.

You do not need a lawyer to mediate. If you have a lawyer they can join you at the mediation if you wish.

Mediation is available for:

  • first appearance
  • motion
  • conference
  • pre-trial
  • trial
  • Dispute Resolution Officer meeting

If you are interested in mediation, or if a judge has ordered mediation intakes,  please fill out all three forms below.

FORMS REQUIRED FOR ONSITE MEDIATION:

  1. On-Site Intake Form
  2. Agreement to Mediate
  3. If you have been ordered by a judge to complete mediation intakes, or if you have consented to an order for mediation, you must send a copy of your Order to: [email protected]

 

When we receive your forms AND the other party’s (your ex), we will contact you to schedule your intake meeting and mediation.

Important: If we do not receive the other party’s forms, we cannot schedule a mediation. We are not permitted to request intake forms from the other party unless a judge has ordered you both to do intakes or you have consented to an order for mediation.

If you need help filling out these forms, or if you have any questions, please email our IRC for your courthouse and we will get in touch with you:

311 Jarvis: [email protected]

47 Sheppard: [email protected]

361 University: [email protected]

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once we have received all three forms from BOTH parties, we will contact you via email to set up an intake appointment. During your intake appointment, you will meet alone with the mediator (online via Zoom), and the mediator will assess if mediation is appropriate for your case. This meeting will last approximately 30 minutes.

If the mediator believes that your case is appropriate for mediation, the mediation will then take place. The mediation itself will take approximately 1-2 hours.

Since we are doing all mediations online at the moment, you should block off approximately 4 hours for the entire process (intake through mediation) to take place. Please note that you will have to wait while the other party does their intake meeting, and that party will have to wait while you do yours.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about mediation, legal resources, or anything at all, please contact one of our Information Referral Coordinators. They can walk you through the process.

311 Jarvis: [email protected]

47 Sheppard: [email protected]

361 University: [email protected]

Our IRCs can also assist with:

  • domestic violence resource referrals
  • legal advice referrals
  • information on the court process
  • mental health resource referrals
  • information on Legal Aid Ontario

On-site service is excellent… Able to make decisions more quickly than through the court

Less intimidating, more impartial, free!

Thank you! Your mediation service was greatly appreciated. Great job

Thank you so much for all you have done. This is the way it should be versus going to court

Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

You can learn much more about available services, mediation, court process, separation, divorce and the law by visiting us at one of our Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)

416-977-0718

361 University Ave, Suite 146, Toronto, ON M5G 1T3

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416-326-1694

311 Jarvis Street Toronto, Ontario, M5B 2C4(Between Gerrard and Dundas)

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416-250-6161

47 Sheppard Avenue East Toronto, Ontario M2N 5X5Main Floor (Just east of Yonge, south side of Sheppard)

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