I don’t have a court order about parenting. Can I move with my child?

2. Get help from a family law professional

If you and your partner don't agree on the move, you must think about using (ADR) or a family dispute resolution process to resolve your issues out of court if it's suitable for you. There are some situations where ADR may not be right for you, for example, where:

  • one person is afraid of another person because there is a history of 
  • there are serious mental health or drug abuse issues

A family law professional may be able to help you resolve your issues out of court. They are people who are trained to help you reach an agreement or make a decision for you by using an ADR process. These processes include:

Deciding which process is best for you depends on the facts of your situation and what you want. For example, a mediator doesn't make decisions for you, but an arbitrator does.

Some of the reasons to use ADR instead of going to court are:

  • You have more control over what happens to your case.
  • It can be faster and cheaper.
  • It can be less stressful.
  • It takes place in a private setting.

If you have a , , or arbitration award, check to see what it says. It may say that you have to first try a process like to resolve your issues before going to court.

Each family court location in Ontario offers subsidized mediation services. You can get up to 8 hours of mediation for a fee that is based on each person's income. You can use this service whether or not you have a court case. And if you have a court case, you can get up to 2 hours of mediation for free at the court.

You can also find mediators who offer their services at lower rates through JusticeNet. JusticeNet is a not-for-profit that helps people in Ontario whose income is too high to get legal aid and too low to afford standard legal fees.

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