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In all Saskatchewan court jurisdictions (effective July 1, 2022) family law matters that come to family court will be required to attempt a family dispute resolution process by the close of pleadings before they may continue with any further court proceedings.

We are listed on the minister’s list to conduct these sessions (Section 44.01 of The Queen’s Bench Act, 1998,). Exemptions will exist for exceptional cases that involve such issues as interpersonal violence and child abduction.

Sometimes families going through the transition of separation and divorce are able to work out an agreement that divides family property and makes parenting and support arrangements. However, many families need someone to help them come to an agreement.

Family mediation is a process in which a family mediator helps parties work through and resolve family issues. The mediator assists the parties through a process that focuses on finding a solution that best meets their needs.

The family mediator’s role is to help parties communicate with each other better. The mediator will not take sides or make decisions for the parties. During mediation, the mediator will work with parties to define the issues, clarify concerns, develop, understand and evaluate solutions and then reach practical and mutually beneficial agreements.

This approach is generally less time-consuming, less stressful and less expensive than going to court. Working towards an agreement can improve parents’ communication and problem solving skills. It helps to establish an effective co-parenting relationship, resulting in better outcomes for children and families.

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