Family Mediation Services

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Mandatory Information Programs (MIPs)

Mandatory Information Programs (MIPS) are available at family court locations across Ontario. MIPs provide attendees with information about separation/divorce and the legal process, including:

    • The effects of separation and divorce on adults and children
    • Alternatives to litigation
    • Family law issues
    • The Family Court process
    • Local resources and programs for families facing separation and/or divorce

This information is also available in an on-line format from Legal Aid Ontario. 

If either spouse/parent has started a family court case, both spouses/parents must attend the MIP as the first step in the case.  There are some exceptions to this rule including:

  • Parties in cases that are proceeding on consent (where both parties agree to the order that is being requested)
  • Parties in cases in which the only claims made are for a divorce, costs, or an order incorporating the terms of an agreement or prior court order
  • Parties who have already attended a mandatory information program

If you are not involved in a family court case, you can contact the family mediation and information service provider in your area to arrange to attend a MIP.

In the Community

Many community organizations offer similar programs. Information about these programs may be available in the FLIC. You can also look for these services at

Resource List - Parent Information

Extensive list of books and websites for adults and children covering separation and divorce, parenting, emotional and financial issues. Includes age appropriate reading suggestions and interactive websites.