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Mediators becoming first choice of self-represented spouses

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 @ 9:32 AM | By Haig DeRusha

Family disputes, and the court process, have changed in recent decades. The Ontario government review of the family court system, which review came out in 2017, by Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, found that more than 57 per cent of Ontario litigants in the family court system in 2014-15 were self-represented, according to government statistics. This is different than in previous decades.

Traditionally, in the court system, most people were represented by lawyers. The lawyers, rather than resolving cases by trial, may have suggested mediation, as this would...