The Ministry of Attorney General subsidizes family mediation through selected service providers. We have been a service provider for family courts in our area since 1995.
There is no charge for you or the other party’s one hour individual meeting. This meeting allows you to tell your story and for the mediator to listen and determine whether mediation is appropriate for you. We will not waste your time or money. We have found that approximately 85% of mediations are able to continue. Some reasons that it wouldn’t go ahead might be fear or readiness.
Subsidized means you will be assessed a user fee for your mediation sessions. There is a sliding scale based on your individual income (includes spousal, rent, other income) and how many dependent children you have living with you. For an example $30,000 income with 2 children – you would pay $10.00/ hour. $60,000 income with 2 children – you would pay $70.00/hr etc.
If you and your ex-partner have already begun in the court process, it is not too late to consider mediation. Our family courts have a mediator available on days when family proceedings are heard. The judge may even suggest you have a discussion with the mediator before continuing with your case. However, remember mediation is always voluntary.
Courts are happy to work in conjunction with our mediation service. The judge may adjourn your case or make an interim order, on the understanding that mediation is going to continue away from the court.
We only have accredited family mediators – our success rate is close to 80%. Mediation intake form