There is an on-site mediator available during First Attendance proceedings and at select other times as determined in consultation with the Manager of Court Operations. On-site mediation offers an opportunity for quick resolution of specific issues as identified by Family Court Justices or as requested by the parties themselves.
When on-site mediation is requested, the on-site mediator meets briefly with each of the parties and their lawyers in order to:
- clearly define the issue(s) to be mediated examples include custody, access and child support,
- clarify and ensure the parties understand the mediators role and the limits of on-site mediation, and
- assess for appropriateness and willingness to participate in the on-site mediation process.
If it is determined that the issues identified require more time and thoughtful consideration, the parties are referred to off-site mediation services.