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)
Family mediation is a safe place to have difficult conversations about parenting your children, settling child and spousal support and dividing your property.
Many people go to court because they don’t know where else to turn. But court can take years, is stressful and requires time away from work and family. You have no control over what a judge might decide.
Mediation allows you a chance to work out an agreement with your former partner, one that both of you can live with. Mediation is a confidential and affordable way for you and the other party to negotiate an agreement and settle your family law issues.
If you have a court case, mediation is free on the date of your first appearance, motion, case conference, pre-trial or trial.
And whether you have a court case or not, mediation is subsidized for up to 8 hours of mediation at fees low as $5 an hour.
Mediation is not the right process for everyone; some people need the authority and accountability of the court process. Our mediators are trained to help assess whether mediation can be helpful to you and safe for your family.
This was a better solution than a lengthy court process. The mediator was patient, kind and understanding.
We can mediate
- child support
- spousal support
- custody and access
- moving school or home
- changing or ending support
- support arrears
- income determination
- financial statement and disclosure issues
- property division
- grandparent access
- family disputes impacted by culture, gender, same-sex, transgender and multiple parent issues.
- including interviewing the child to hear the ‘voice of the child’.
- elder family disputes
Our mediators and Information and Referral Coordinators (IRCs) are trained and insured professionals.
All of our mediators are certified by a professional body, and most are specialists in either child or financial issues, or both.
Our IRCs are supportive triage specialists who specialize in knowing community resources and dispute resolution options.
Our free and subsidized mediation is:
No one can order you to negotiate with another person
Same day mediation for all court matters
We take the views and preferences of your children into account
Subject to some exceptions, view our Agreement to Mediate
We meet with each of you first to assess whether mediation can be safe and effective
Easy to access
We are centrally located and you can start the process online
Mediation is free if in court and subsidized for everyone whether they are in court or not, view our fee schedule
We work closely with other court services and agencies to support the entire family