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?
- Visitation & vacation schedules
- Parenting communication
- Child support
Mediation vs 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 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.
- Ministry of the Attorney General: Family mediation services (an overview and also contact information for mediation services in your area)
- Ministry of the Attorney General: Family mediation user fee schedule (the maximum hourly fee that can be charged to a client for off‑site family mediation services)
- Steps to Justice: What is mediation?