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On-Line Mandatory Information Program

Attending and completing a MIP is a required step in the family court process.  MIP’s are held at for family court locations across Ontario.

Frequently Asked Questions

On December 17, 2009, the Attorney General announced his commitment to improving the family justice system to make it faster, more affordable and less confrontational. These improvements are based on the following four pillars:

  • More information up-front for families;
  • A triage or intake approach that directs clients to appropriate and proportional services;
  • Greater access to legal advice and alternatives to litigation; and
  • Streamlined and simplified process for those cases that must go to court.

The Mandatory Information Program (known as MIP) has been chosen as the primary initiative to implement the first pillar.

Ministry guidelines regarding MIP’s can be found at:  Mandatory Information Program (MIP) Notice for the Public

At the MIP you will be provided with information to help you make informed decisions about the steps you will take in the court process, including:

  • The effects of separation and divorce on adults and children
  • Alternatives to litigation
  • Family law issues
  • The Family Court process
  • Local resources and programs for families facing separation and/or divorce

When you attend a MIP you will hear a wealth of information to assist you and your family, to navigate through the family court process. You will also be provided with a list of resources, which many find extremely helpful.

The MIP is a mandatory part of the Family Court process for all Applicants and Respondents. If either spouse/parent has started a family court case, and it is contested, both spouses/parents must attend separate MIP’s as the first step in the case. There are some exceptions to this rule including:
  • Parties in cases that are proceeding on consent (where both parties agree to the order that is being requested)
  • Parties in cases in which the only claims made are for a divorce, costs, or an order incorporating the terms of an agreement or prior court order
  • Parties who have already attended a MIP
  • Parties whose matters only deal with changing child or spousal support provisions and/or who have attended a Motion to Change Seminar in lieu
  • Parties who obtain permission from the Judge that they do not have to attend (e.g. if attendance would cause them hardship)

MIPs are currently being offered remotely via Zoom only. MIP’s take approximately 2.5 hours to complete and delivered by local lawyers and Mental Health Professionals. A schedule of upcoming MIPs can be found on our registration page.

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