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Separation and divorce

Choosing your family mediator

Have you and your ex chosen to use family mediation to settle the various aspects of your breakup? Here are some criteria to consider when choosing a mediator that will best suit your needs.

How to find a mediator?

Ask your friends and family: Someone who has already gone through a divorce or separation may know a mediator they’d recommend.

You can also consult our geolocated Resource Directory map to find a mediator near you or your workplace.

Choose a professional who suits your needs

In Quebec, a family mediator can be a legal professional (lawyer or notary) or a psychosocial professional (social worker, psychologist, psychoeducator, guidance counsellor, or couple and family therapist). Some CIUSSS and CISSS employees can also become family mediators.

Regardless of the profession, family mediators have at least 60 hours of training on the financial, legal, fiscal, psychological, and psychosocial aspects of a breakup.

A mediator's professional experience can influence his or her mediation style and approach. We therefore recommend that you choose a mediator according to the expertise that best corresponds your needs.

Have you heard of co-mediation?

Co-mediation is a mediation session conducted by two mediators at the same time.

It allows you to benefit from the approaches and experiences of two mediators (e.g., a lawyer and a psychologist), but it can also be more expensive.


The information presented on this page is not a legal opinion or legal advice. This page explains in a general way the law that applies in Quebec. To obtain a legal opinion or legal advice on your personal situation, consult a legal professional.

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