London Families Benefit From Justice Improvements
McGuinty Government Expands Program To Help Find Resolutions
Families in London will now benefit from improvements to Ontario's family courts.
The province's Mandatory Information Program is being expanded from Brampton and Milton to London's family court and the 16 other family court branches across the province starting in April 2011.
The program helps families learn about their options to find resolutions without going to court and steps they need to take should they decide to proceed through the court system. It also helps them understand the impact of separation and divorce on children and identifies resources available to help them through this process.
The program is an enhancement to the menu of services already available in London's family court, including information and referral coordinators and both on-and off-site mediation programs to help families resolve their disputes.
This is a part of the government's overall family justice reform initiative to make the family courts more straightforward, focused and affordable.
- The Mandatory Information Program was introduced in Milton and Brampton in June 2010, and more than 600 people have already benefited.
- The 17 Family Court branches of the Superior Court of Justice are located in Ottawa, Cornwall, Perth, L'Orignal, Brockville, Kingston, Napanee, Peterborough, Cobourg, Lindsay, Oshawa, Newmarket, Barrie, Bracebridge, Hamilton, St. Catharines and London.
- Over half of Ontario's population will now have access to Mandatory Information Programs in 20 locations: the 17 Family Courts, Brampton, Milton and the Toronto Superior Court of Justice.
- Approximately 160,000 people use Ontario's family courts each year. Over 2500 family law cases were started in London last year.
“We're improving the family justice system to make it faster, easier to use and less confrontational. By expanding the program to London and 16 more courts across Ontario, more families will be able to learn about the options available to them to find resolutions and build brighter futures for their children.”