Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services
Mediation (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Type of service
Family Justice Services offers mediation in the following aspects of family law:
- Child support
- In-Person mediation – both people meet with a mediator.
- Shuttle Mediation – people do not meet face to face. Each party has individual contact with the mediator.
- Telephone – where one or more parties do not live close to a FJS office, the mediator may contact the parties by telephone.
- Contacts both parties
- Decides on how to proceed with mediation
- Helps define issues from both perspectives
- Keeps discussions on track
- Helps with communication
- Assists the parties brainstorm and develop options
In mediation, parents can discuss with a neutral third party important concerns regarding their children. Questions they may wish to settle include:
- With whom will the children live?
- How much time will each parent spend with the children?
- How will decision-making regarding the children be handled?
- How much child support is to be paid?
Pilot or ongoing service
Family Justice Services, Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador
How to access this service
Referrals may come by:
- a Request for Service form to Family Justice Services
- Court Application at any court centre. All applications to the Court for custody, access and/or child support are automatically forwarded to FJS
Throughout the province (offices found at http://www.justice.gov.nl.ca/just/department/contact.html#family)
[ Service(s) offered ]
Governing legislation/legislative authority
Children’s Law Act, RSNL 1990, c. C-13
Family Law Act, RSNL 1990, c. F-2
Child Support Guidelines Regulations, NLR 40/98
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