The Divorce Process, Stage Six: Mandatory Information Program
So far I have discussed the various stages of the divorce process, up to the point where you and your soon-to-be Ex have officially commenced litigation, by filing and exchanging court pleadings.
Once you have reached this stage, the formal Ontario court processes get launched into play. One of them – which is partly designed to actually avoid a full court hearing and foster compromise and settlement between the parties – is the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) which is available at various Family Court locations across the province.
As the name would suggest, these sessions are mandatory for those couples who have commenced litigation, and form the first step in the process. (There are a few exceptions, however, including those cases where the sole issue between you and your Ex relates only to divorce and related costs, or where the divorce is entirely on consent).
Both you and your Ex must attend the 2-hour MIP, but you do so on separate dates. The MIP aims to provide you with information about the separation and divorce process, including:
- The effects of separation and divorce on both adults and children
- Alternatives to litigation
- The Family Court process
Also as part of the MIP, you and your Ex will also receive information about local resources and programs for families who have embarked in the separation and divorce process.
At Shulman Law Firm, we can give you tailored information and advice on your matter, and help you navigate the process of litigating your Family Law dispute. Call us for a free consultation.