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.
Below you will find a list of resources. Expand the desired resources and click the download link
Child Development Checklist
Sample Parenting Plan
Newmarket Mandatory Information Program
NEWMARKET MANDATORY INFORMATION PROGRAM
I have attended the MIP – what do I do now?
- Case conference:
- Your next step will usually be a case conference, which normally isn’t scheduled for the same day as the MIP.
- If you are bringing or responding to a motion to change you must attend before a Dispute Resolution Officer (“DRO”) before you can take further steps. DRO dates are available at First Appearance court. If you do not have a First Appearance date, go to the family law counter.
- If a case conference has been scheduled, you will have received a Case Conference Notice from the other party that tells you when to come to court.
- If a case conference hasn’t been scheduled and you need to schedule one, go to the family court counter.
- Filing your signed MIP Notice:
- You will need to file your signed MIP Notice in the continuing record – but you can file it when you file your material for your case conference or when you attend First Appearance court. You don’t need to make a separate trip to the courthouse to file your signed MIP notice.
If you want more information about mediation or Legal Aid Ontario:
- Go to the Family Law Information Centre in the courthouse. You can contact them at 905-853-4816.
If you want more information about court procedures and family law:
- Go to the Ministry of the Attorney General website and click on Family Justice. You’ll find a Guide to Procedure, an online tool to help you fill out court forms and brochures and links to more information.
If you have feedback about the MIP session you attended:
- Visit the Family Justice page of the Ministry of the Attorney General website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link under “Mandatory Information Program Feedback”.
Family Law Bookmarks
Tips for Parents
Mental Health Services Overview
Mental Health Services Overview
The following is an overview of the different types of mental health services which are available:
- Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in psychiatry; as such they can diagnose mental illness and prescribe medication. There is therefore no fee to the patient as this is covered by OHIP. Your family doctor would be able to provide you with a referral. Some provide therapeutic services so ask if this is the case.
- York Region hospitals offer mental health services to children, adolescents and adults free of charge. This is an emergency service and referrals to the Child and Adolescent Clinic comes from your family doctor.
- Agencies offer services free of charge, or for a nominal fee. Sometimes fees are calculated on the basis of income. Some of these include York Women’s Centre, Catholic Community Services of York Region, Jewish Family and Child Services, Family Services of York Region.
- Psychologists can diagnose but cannot prescribe medication. Some can be found in hospitals or agencies. Others are in private practice and the client must pay a fee. If a client has insurance through the workplace it may cover some or all of the service depending on the plan.
- Psychotherapists cannot diagnose or prescribe medication, but conduct therapy. There is a fee for service. Some are able to access third party (workplace) insurance as well.
- Social Workers offer a variety of services and are governed by a provincially accredited association. Social workers work in a variety of settings including hospitals, Children’s Aid Societies, Mental Health organizations and more.
- Children’s mental health agencies offer service to children and their families and there is no fee for this service.
When contacting a mental health practitioner, ask whether they have experience in the field of separation or divorce. If you are investigating service for your child, ask also if the practitioner has experience working with children. It is your responsibility to ensure you are comfortable with the type of mental health service you obtain.
211 is now available in York Region to assist families in locating services.
Resources for Fathers
RESOURCES FOR FATHERS
- The Canadian Father Involvement Network
- Dad advice for Parenting, Gear, Life & More fatherly.com
- Life with a Baby lifewithababy.com
- Footprints of Fatherhood http://footprintsoffatherhood.wordpress.com/
- The Men’s Project themensproject.ca
- Father’s Mental Health fathersmentalhealth.com
- Dad Central, research and insights that validate the importance of dads dadcentral.ca
- Focus on Fathers is a parenting group just for dads and Reconnecting Fathers is for dads who are living apart from their children 905-770-7040 or 1-800-263-2075 ccsyr.org
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.