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    Posted: Jul/18/2011 at 8:40am

New rules for divorce

Starting today, every Ontario couple will have to attend an information session on alternatives to going to court before getting a divorce.

The new rules will help alleviate some of the pressure on Ontario’s family court system and will save those hoping to get divorced time and money, said Chris Bentley, the province’s attorney general.

Couples will have to attend the information session before they can file a divorce case in court.

If they still insist on going to court after that, they will then be given the option to attend a mediation session organized by the attorney general’s office to try settling their differences.

Couples will now be able to attend the mediation session at any family court across the province for free. They would have needed to pay it for themselves before the changes were introduced.

Despite the two-step process, some in the legal community think the initiative isn’t as effective as it could be.

Judith Huddart, a family lawyer and president of the Ontario Collaborative Law Federation, said the sessions don’t advise those considering divorce about their options early enough in the process.

“I know how frustrating it can be for people to be told that they have other options after they’ve already hired a lawyer and started forward in a litigation route,” she said.
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