Archives: Glossary terms

Mandatory Information Program

The Mandatory Information Program (MIP) is a program for partners who are separating or divorcing. It gives them information about:

family law issues

the family court process

how separation and divorce affects adults and children

ways to solve issues without going to court

local resources and programs

In most situations, both partners must attend an MIP before their court case can move forward.


To be married or to have a marriage means that 2 people of the same or opposite sex had a marriage ceremony with someone that has the legal power to marry them. A marriage ends only by divorce, annulment, or the death of one of the partners.

matrimonial home

The matrimonial home is the property that was usually used by married partners as their family home at the time they separated. There can be more than one matrimonial home. Common-law partners cannot have a matrimonial home.


Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution process where people who don’t agree on something meet with someone called a mediator. The mediator is a neutral person trained to help people agree on their issues without taking sides. The mediator’s goal is to help them find a solution that they agree on.

minutes of settlement

Minutes of Settlement is a document that describes how parties have decided to resolve their issues. For example, you can sign minutes of settlement with your partner or a Children’s Aid Society. It can be used to get a court order, called a consent order,

motion to change

A motion to change is the court process you go through when you want a judge to change a court order or separation agreement that has been filed with the court. Sometimes a motion to change is also called a variation.

non-removal order

A non-removal order is an order a court makes to prevent one or both parents from taking their child out of a specified area, for example, the country or province.

offer to settle

An offer to settle is a written document that is sent by one party to the other party that says what they are willing to agree to in order to settle all or part of the issues.

settlement conference

A settlement conference is a meeting between a judge, the parties, and their lawyers if they have any. The purposes of a settlement conference include:

talking about ways to solve those issues without going to a trial
if possible, obtaining the judge’s view of how the court might decide the case
thinking about any matter that may help solve the case


You don’t get Employment Insurance (EI) benefits if you were fired because of misconduct.
Misconduct usually means doing something wrong on purpose. It’s more than not being able to do the job well. Here are some examples that might be misconduct:

threatening or violent behaviour
destroying company property on purpose
being late or away from work without permission
disobeying an order from your employer

Your employer might be wrong about what the law says is misconduct.

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