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Organizations join forces for family mediation

Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 1:53 PM | By Carolyn Gruske

Family Mediation Canada (FMC) and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO) are working together to promote family mediation and other forms of family dispute resolution.

“FMC and FDRIO both share the same goals: to support those in alternate dispute resolution fields to assist their clients in settling family law disputes outside of traditional litigation. This saves time, money and emotional resources, but most importantly, reduces conflict between parents which puts the emotional well-being of children first,” said Tamara Bodnaruk-Wide, president of FMC and director of AXIS Family Mediation, which is the court connected mediation service at seven family courts in Ontario.

FMC offers internationally recognized certification for mediation professionals and other training for family mediators. It also works to shape public policy through research and through government collaboration and consultation. FMC has approximately 450 members across Canada.

FDRIO is a not-for-profit advocacy organization for Ontario professionals in the family dispute resolution field that offers training and certification and works to educate the public about the costs and benefits of each dispute resolution process available in family law cases. FDRIO has about 200 members in Ontario.

Under the new arrangement, FMC and FDRIO will serve as associates of each other and each will have a member on the other’s board of directors. The organizations will co-sponsor lobbying efforts regarding legislation and mediation funding as well as seminars and training programs. They will also co-ordinate the communication and cross-promotion of relevant initiatives and programs.

“FMC and FDRIO are a great fit. We complement each other and we advocate for the same things. Since we both promote family mediation rather than the court-based divorce process, it made sense to join efforts to promote benefits of mediation,” said Lorne Wolfson, chair of FDRIO and a family law lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP.