Family Mediation is a voluntary approach to conflict resolution in which an impartial mediator helps couples and other family members resolve their differences and find viable solutions.
The goal of mediation is to reach an agreement that is satisfying and fair to all parties involved.
In Quebec, mediation services are free for couples contemplating separation and divorce if there are dependent children:
5 hours are provided free for those initiating a separation or divorce
2 1/2 additional hours to modify any existing agreement or judgement in force