Family Mediation Services

The following information on Family Mediation services is from the Ministry of the Attorney General:

Family mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes where a trained mediator helps parties of relatively equal bargaining positions to resolve disputes about family issues.

Family mediators can help resolve child custody and access, child and spousal support and property issues. Some family mediators can also help with child protection disputes, although they require additional qualifications. At the beginning of the mediation, the parties will discuss which issue(s) will be addressed.

Family mediation services are available through family courts across Ontario. Find a service provider in your area and, if necessary, ask about whether subsidies are available to reduce costs.

Legal Aid Ontario also provides free mediation services as long as one of the persons meets LAO's financial eligibility requirements.. 

Private Mediator Search

Private family mediation services may also be available where you live. Mediators come from different professions (e.g. social workers, psychologists, lawyers) and their fees vary. 

The Ontario Association for Family Mediation website offers a searchable list of private mediators in areas across Ontario.

Family Mediation Canada (FMC) has developed a certification programs for family mediators. They also provide a searchable list of family mediators across Canada.

The ADR Institute of Ontario provides information about mediation and arbitration and access to mediators and arbitrators in Ontario. They also provide a searchable list of Mediators, Arbitrators, Trainers and other ADR Specialists across Ontario.