What is Family Mediation?
“A cooperative problem-solving process in which a qualified and impartial neutral third party, the mediator, assists mediation participants to resolve their family disputes by mutual agreement”
Mediation helps people solve family problems together. It is a cost-effective and flexible alternative with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for all involved in family break down, separation and divorce. We can help you resolve custody or access Issues, financial support considerations, property division and assist with developing equitable Parenting Plans.
History and Services
Since 1999 our Family Mediation and Information Services has been delivering services to and for families in York Region through the Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) Our services include:
Information and Referral Services
Provided by our Information and Referral Coordinators (IRCs) at the Family Law Information Centre located inside the Newmarket Courthouse room 2103.
Monday to Friday 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (905) 853-4816
Is available free of charge on a first come first serve bases for parties on the day of their court appearance. On-site mediation is for narrow issues that can be completed including intake screening in approximately two hours. Room 2103 in the Family Law Information Centre. Court and self-referrals welcome.
Mandatory Information Program (MIP)
As a mandatory part of the family court process participants will hear about basic legal information such as family court process’ and alternative dispute resolution methods which can be used as viable alternatives than using the court to resolve family law matters. Information regarding the emotional impact family breakdown can have on children and adults will also be discussed. Applicants attend on Tuesdays / Respondents attend on Thursdays. Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm court room 205 at the Newmarket court house 50 Eagle St West.
Need to change you MIP attendance date Call the IRC @ (905) 853-4816
We have a roster of qualified mediators who will work with you to address more in-depth family issues. This service is available for parties who wish to try mediation even if they have not begun a court process. Off-site mediation can be completed in 3 -8 hours. There is a fee for off-site mediation, based on household income and the number of dependents.
How do I access the service?
Newmarket Family Court
Please note that this office is operated as a walk-in centre. Service is provided on a first come, first serve basis.