Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Family Law Mediation Program

Northwest Territories

Type of service

Services offered
The Family Law Mediation program is a voluntary free service (up to 9 hours) that can help parents who are separating or divorcing to agree about family law issues such as: custody and access, child support, spousal support, how they will continue to be good parents and minor division of property. Mediation is an effective, less costly and less adversarial alternative to court in helping families resolve disputes relating to their children and begin moving forward with their lives. Services may be delivered in person (if both clients live in the same community as the mediator) or by telephone.

If any issues are resolved during mediation, the mediator will create a Memorandum of Understanding. This document is not legally binding, but it can be used to create a consent court order, or parties may take this document to their lawyers to include in a separation agreement.

Many people find it helpful to attend the free workshop Parenting After Separation before mediation starts.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Department of Justice

How to access this service
Not all situations are appropriate for mediation. To find out whether this program is suitable for you, please call 1-866-217-8923 or 873-7122 in Yellowknife. All calls are confidential. If the individuals meet the eligibility criteria, Court Services Division will then assign the file to a mediator who will contact the individuals directly to begin the mediation process.

Available throughout the Northwest Territories
[ Service(s) offered ]

Services are available in English, French. Interpretation can be arranged for Aboriginal and other languages. If interpretation services are provided and the parties agree on any issues through mediation, the MOU would also be translated to ensure that all parties can read it.

Brochures with information about the Family Law Mediation Program are available by contacting 867-873-7424, or email:

Information about the Program can also be found online at:

Free, up to 9 hours per file.

Governing legislation/legislative authority

Contact person(s)
Janet Sian
Toll Free: 1-866-217-8923

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