Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Comprehensive Co-mediation Service (Manitoba)

Province/Territory
Manitoba

Type of service
Mediation

Services offered
Manitoba’s Comprehensive Co-Mediation Program aims to provide, as an alternative to court action, a co-mediation service to separating or divorcing couples where minor children are involved. It also offers professionals with appropriate mediation education the opportunity to gain practical mediation and co-mediation experience. An evaluation funded by the Department of Justice Canada and Manitoba Justice was conducted to assess the implementation and the effectiveness of the program.

Comprehensive co-mediation looks at all the issues that arise from separation and divorce: parenting issues (parental responsibilities, time-sharing), child support, spousal support and family property. Co-mediation means that a lawyer and a social worker will work with the family to help resolve their issues. Legal information is given to mediation participants but no legal or other advice is provided.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Family Conciliation, Manitoba Department of Families

How to access this service
You can apply for comprehensive co-mediation services directly or the court, your lawyer, or another agency can refer you. You must take the For the Sake of the Children parent information program before accessing mediation.

Location(s)
Family Conciliation
Manitoba Department of Families
2nd floor - 379 Broadway
Winnipeg MB R3C 0T9

[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English

Publications/information
Please refer to the following website for additional comprehensive co-mediation information and publications:
http://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/family_conciliation.html

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Part IX of The Court of Queen's Bench Act, C.C.S.M. c. C280.
Part III of The Provincial Court Act, C.C.S.M. c. C275

Contact person(s)
Family Conciliation
2nd floor - 379 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T9
Telephone: 204-945-7236
Fax: 204-948-2142
Toll free: 1-800-282-8069 (Ext. 7236) in Manitoba

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