Information Sessions

All parties to a family law case (applicants and respondents) are required to attend a Mandatory Information Program (MIP) before they take any other steps in their case. This program will provide you with helpful information that will guide you during this time of change for your family.

You will learn about:

  • The effects of ending a relationship on adults and children;
  • The options available for dealing with the legal and emotional issues related to the ending of a relationship;
  • Strategies to help you make more informed decisions throughout this process;
  • Information about other resources in your community that can help you.

The program is divided into two parts which are delivered one after the other. The first part outlines the effects of separation on you. It will also provide you with information on legal issues, options for dispute resolution and going to court.

The second half of the session covers information to help parents with dependent children understand the effects of separation on their children, and how to create parenting plans. If you are a parent, and you and your partner have issues relating to one or more children, you must attend both parts of the session.


Court staff automatically register each party in a family law case to the next available MIP session based on if they are the applicant or the respondent. Please arrive 30 minutes before the session begins in order to locate the session and bring your MIP certificate with you.

If you are unable to attend on your assigned MIP date, you will need to contact the Mediation Coordinator for your location to reschedule:

For St. Catharines call: 905-988-6200, ext 475

For Welland call: 905-735-0010, ext 299