What is the Mandatory Information Program?

Author: Lailna Dhaliwal LLP |

If there are claims other than a divorce (and costs) or the incorporation of the terms of an agreement or prior court order, litigants must attend a Family Information Session (FIS). This in person session led by a facilitator, lawyer, and social worker provides parties with information about the legal process and includes information on alternatives to court, such as mediation, arbitration, and collaborative family law; the impact separation has on children; and resources available to deal with problems arising from separation. Unless a party provides a certificate that they have attended an FIS, they may not take any further step in the case. Separate dates are given for applicants and respondents.