Family law mediation program

The Family Law Mediation program is a voluntary free service (up to 9 hours) that can help parents who are separating or divorcing to agree about family law issues such as:

Mediation is an alternative to court offering a cooperative approach to solving legal problems, and is available in person or by telephone.

Mediators are neutral. They do not take sides or make decisions and they cannot provide legal advice. Their role is to listen and help people to agree on issues. They also generate options to help resolve disputes. A roster of qualified mediators provide this service under contract with the Department of Justice.

If any issues are resolved during mediation, the mediator will create a Memorandum of Understanding. This document is not legally binding, but it can be used to create a consent court order, or parties may take this document to their lawyers to include in a separation agreement.

Many people find it helpful to attend the free workshop Parenting After Separation before mediation starts.

Not all situations are appropriate for mediation. To find out whether this program is suitable for you, please call 1-866-217-8923 or in Yellowknife 873-7122. All calls are confidential.

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Janet Sian
Specialized Courts and Alternative Resolution Program Advisor
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