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Family mediation - Negotiating a fair agreement

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Services for parents who have decided to separate

  • If you have dependent children and have decided to separate

  • If you are already separated or divorced, and wish to make a change to your agreement or court judgment

Family mediation can help you negotiate an agreement on an amicable basis, in the interest of all family members, and can also help reduce your legal costs.

Did you know that...

According to recent statistics, 8 out of 10 couples were able to reach an agreement after attending family mediation? In addition, parents who attended mediation paid, on average, half the costs paid by other parents to obtain a court judgment.

Payment of the fees

To promote family mediation, Québec’s Ministère de la Justice pays the fees of certified family mediators:

  • when you attend a parenting after separation information session, which lasts 2 hours 30 minutes and is presented by certified family mediators in one of Québec’s 42 courthouses during the evening. (Former spouses will not be registered for the same session, unless they request it.);

  • when you meet, as a couple, with the family mediator of your choice for

    • 5 hours of professional services, if you are in the process of separating,


    • 2 hours 30 minutes of professional services, if you already have an agreement or court judgment but wish to have it reviewed, if you have already received family mediation services, or if you have already obtained a judgment ordering separation from bed and board (legal separation).

If you and your spouse have dependent children and cannot agree on various questions connected with your separation, you have a legal obligation to attend a parenting and mediation information session before being heard by the court. However, in some situations family mediation is unlikely to be appropriate.



A person who claims to be a victim of domestic violence may be exempted from participating in a session after going to a recognized victim assistance organization.

List of recognized assistance organizations (In French)


For more information

  • See our information capsule to find out which costs are covered by the Ministère de la Justice.

  • For more information about family mediation, or to register for a parenting after separation information session, contact the Ministère de la Justice:

    Phone: 418 643-5140, option 4 or, toll-free, 1 866 536-5140, option 4

    Please note: The personnel at the Centre de communications avec la clientèle of the Ministère de la Justice can help you understand the general rules for applying Québec legislation. They cannot, however, interpret these rules to respond to a specific case or situation.

The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and has no legal value.

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Part of the family mediation program is implemented with financial assistance from the Department of Justice Canada.

Latest update: February 1, 2017

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