Mediation is a process where a trained professional helps you and your ex to settle a variety of issues.

Mediation might be right for you if you have no concerns for your safety and you and your ex are both open to working together.

Mediation is a good alternative to going to family court. Here are some tips to guide you through the process.

What issues can a mediator help you with?

  • Custody
  • Access
  • Visitation & vacation schedules
  • Parenting communication
  • Child support

Mediation vs family court

Family court
You work together and decide for yourselves. vs You present your side and a judge decides for you.
It’s less expensive than going to court. Average cost is under $5,000. vs It can be expensive and can range from $5,000 to $25,000.
It’s faster and more flexible than the court process. vs The court process can take a very long time. It can take months or even years.
It takes place in a private setting. vs It takes places in a public courthouse.

Is mediation right for you?

  • You’re both ready to put differences aside.
  • You’re both ready to cooperate.
  • You’re both willing to compromise.

How do I get a mediator?

Call us toll-free at 1‑800‑668‑8258 from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit our staff at courthouses or family law information centres. We may be able to connect you to mediators who may provide services on a sliding fee scale, which means that what you will be charged depends on your ability to pay.

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