A Quick Guide on Attending MIP session and FLIP

When you decide that you want to separate from your partner, it is important that you are informed about the issues at stake, and the options available to you.

What is the MIP

The Mandatory Information Process (MIP) is the first step for family court parties who have contested issues. It is a free information session that is normally held in the same court in which an application (the initiating document in a divorce) is filed. Parties attend the MIP separately, and each party must attend the MIP before their matter can come before a judge.

Who needs to attend the MIP?

The MIP is not necessary for couples who:

1) Only desire a divorce (no support or custody and access issues)

2) Agree on all issues and orders desired from the court

3) Have already attended a MIP

4) Want to file a separation agreement

5) Want to bring a motion to change a support order1

What happens during the MIP?

● The session varies in length: one hour for parties with no children and two hours for those who have children.2

● In the first hour, the MIP gives parties information about family law, the court and its processes, as well as alternatives to court processes, such as mediation.

● In the second hour, MIP will give court parties more information about common issues for family litigants, alternatives to the court process, and the effects of divorce on parents and children, and the different alternatives to court processes, like mediation, with the goal of encouraging parties to settle where possible.3

How is the MIP scheduled?

When an applicant files an application, they are given two notices, indicating both their own MIP date and that of their spouse. The applicant must provide their respondent spouse with this information. If you are an applicant or respondent who is concerned about your spouse knowing your MIP date, you can reschedule your MIP by contacting the Family Law Information Center, located inside the courthouse.4 As Per the Family Law Rules, a MIP session must be attended by you and your spouse within 45 days of the application being filed.5

If you require any special arrangements, you can contact the accessibility coordinator at the courthouse where your MIP session will be held.

How do you show the court that you have completed your MIP?

Once you have completed your MIP, you will receive a certificate of completion that you must add to the continuing record of your case. You must also update the table of contents. If you are unsure how to access your continuing record, you can speak to a representative at the courthouse.

FLIP- An online alternative to MIP:

The Family Law Information Program is an online information program whose content is based on the MIP, and available to all members of the public. In some circumstances, with a judge’s permission, FLIP can be used as an alternative to MIP. A party can complete FLIP to receive a certificate of completion. The material on the website takes approximately two hours to complete but does not have to be completed in one sitting.6

Whether you are an applicant or a respondent, the Family lawyers at Tailor Law are here to help you navigate the court system. You can reach our office at 905-366-0202 or contact us through our website here.

References:

1 Steps to Justice, “What is the mandatory information program in my family law court case?”(31 July 2017 .

2 Ibid. 3 Ibid. 4 Ibid 5 Ibid. 6 Feldstein Family Law Group, “Mandatory Information Programs and FLIP” (14 June 2020) online(blog): Feldstein Family Law Group Professional Corporation.

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