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Mandatory Information Program Ontario

Mandatory Information Program Ontario

Across the provinces, the litigation process in Canada has started to require parties to take classes and seminars before starting family law litigation. It is an effort by the government to ensure that parties are informed about the legal process. People obtain details about available support programs and become more knowledgeable about the separation process.  In Ontario, the program that has been implemented is called the Mandatory Information Program or MIP.

Our family lawyers can assist with the following:

  • mandatory information program mip
  • attend a mip
  • property division
  • setting mip dates
  • dispute resolution
  • explaining the court processes
  • family mediation
  • case conference

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If a party is making a claim in Ontario for any family law matter they are required to attend an MIP before they can proceed with any of the steps of the litigation process.  There are only two exceptions:

1) If the parties are only asking the court for a divorce or incorporating terms of a separation agreement into a divorce order.

2) If the parties are proceeding on consent (agreement from both parties).

Does the matter between the parties address any other family law matters? This includes property division, custody and access, or support. Then both parties will need to attend an MIP and will need to submit their certificate of completion before proceeding.

Mandatory Information Program Ontario

The MIP is a two hour session that covers information about the legal process and alternatives to court. These include mediation, arbitration and collaborative family law.  It also addresses the impact of separation and divorce on adults and children. Finally, it provides local resources and community programs available to families facing separation and/or divorce. The MIP is also geared towards encouraging parties to settle where possible.

Mandatory Information Program OntarioMIP is available at court locations across Ontario. However, the session most likely will take place at the court where your claim has been filed. Don’t worry, although both parties must attend the MIP, the parties will be given separate dates so that they do not have to attend the session together. When the Applicant files their Application with the court, they will be given two notices.

One notice will provide the Applicant with the MIP date and the other will provide the MIP date for the other party. Both parties must complete their MIP within 45 days of the matter being commenced with the court.  Upon completion, both parties will receive a certificate of attendance that must be filed with the court. This needs to happen at least two days before your first step in the litigation process – the case conference.

If you have questions about the MIP in Ontario or about any step in the family law litigation process, speak to one of our offices in the Toronto Office of ClearWay Law.

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