Family Mediation Services
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 www.211.ca.
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.