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Free Family Law Information

Focusing on divorce, family law and options to resolve matters out of court

At Family Mediation & Resource Centre, we recognize that for majority of families, court is not the best route to follow.

Our founder, Laura Tarcea, believes “it is important that families be provided information beforehand, at an early, neutral stage of the separation process and before families launch out in a very unfriendly and most often destructive court case.”

This session will be conducted by a family lawyer and will provide a general overview of the areas of law that are relevant to separation and divorce, such as the different rights for married couples versus couples who are not married but live together, the law regarding spousal support, child support and support enforcement.

Our dedicated group recognizes that without knowledge – without first having legal information, on the effects of separation and divorce on adults and children; alternatives to litigation; family law issues; the family court system and local resources and programs, people are committed to a system that they never have wanted in the first place.

For full schedule & to register, please see below which locations are convenient.  

Pickering Library – Central Branch sessions
Whitby Library – Central Branch sessions
Whitby Library – Rossland Branch sessions
Whitby Library – Brooklin Branch sessions

“…adversarial family law system “appeared to encourage couples to become adversaries to a greater degree than they already are….to aggravate relations with the spouse…and to upset and humiliate people” (pp.214-215).” (Ellis, 2014)

Discovering Stories in Durham Region

The Family Mediation Resource Centre (FMRC) is proud to announce we have received an Ontario Arts Council (OAC) grant to deliver an Artists In the Community project entitled Discovering Stories in Durham.

Taking place between April and December 2017, Discovering Stories in Durham will be a series of free workshops open to the diverse communities in the Durham Region.  This is an opportunity to collaborate with artists and other communities in Durham Region by telling your stories through art and performance.  As a community project, we want to be as inclusive and accessible as possible.

In addition to building a sense of community, we believe that community arts projects can also stimulate social action by bringing attention to social issues in a way that can help evoke creative solutions for solving problems.

Using fun-filled games and exercises, along with music, movement and visual arts, ideas will be shared during the workshops.  With permission from the participants, we’ll save/record/keep track of your ideas to discover the most effective artistic discipline(s) for community members tell their stories in a possible public presentation in 2018.

If you are a Durham organization who wants to participate in this project, we would like to hear from you! Please email at durhamstories@fmrcentre.ca or call toll-free 877-297-3312

Reliving the Bamboo – FMRC Benefit Concert

Come relive a night at the Bamboo…at Lee’s Palace! One night featuring two legendary Toronto Reggae bands who regularly jammed the old Bamboo on Queen Street to its capacity on those coveted Thursday, Friday & Saturday weekend slots in the heyday of Reggae in Toronto.

100% of the proceeds are going to support FMRC’s mission to raise awareness of conflict resolution and improve access to justice in the community! Buy your tickets here OR visit our sponsorship page here (TITLE SPONSORSHIP HAS BEEN FILLED – Thank you Little Redstone!)

Fujahtive are the “This Is Anvil” of Reggae playing music together out of pure love for music ever since they met in high school starting in 1986. Fujahtive toured Canada extensively through the 90’s and 2000’s. The band’s video for Send Fi Mi Girl from their first album “In Black and White” was one of the first Reggae songs in regular rotation on Much Music. Their first album In Black and White was winner of the Prestigious Canadian Reggae Music Award and their second album “The Sound” was nominated for a Juno Award.

Sattalites are one of the most influential Reggae bands in Canadian history. Jo Jo Bennett and Fergus Hambleton, the first members of The Sattalites, met while touring with reggae singer afreen and the pair began performing together, mixing Bennett’s instrumentals with Hambleton’s smooth alto voice to create the unique Sattalite sound. The band started as a teaching group who opened The Sattalite Music School on a pay-what-you-can basis to spread their influence in 1981. The Sattalites consisted of various types of students from the school who wanted a sense of live performing. By 1982, The Sattalites had melded into a collaboration of musicians from exceptionally talented beginners to experienced pros, some of whom still perform. They became very well known for their enthusiastic live performances which initiated their extensive touring across Canada and the United States. It was the only Canadian band ever invited to play at Jamaica‘s “Sunsplash“, playing before 25,000 people, and they gave an excellent performance at the 1993/94 World Skiing Championship in Whistler, British Columbia. As two-time Juno winners, The Sattalites are known as Canada’s longest standing reggae group.

Buy your tickets today!