Family Mediation and Arbitration

Our accredited lawyer and social worker mediators and arbitrators can help you resolve the most challenging cases. We work together with you, lawyers and other professionals, effectively and affordably.

Parenting Mediation and Coordination

We work with parents, their children, extended families and professionals to help create the best possible parenting plan for each family. We provide skilled and experienced parenting coordination services to let parenting plans work best for the children.

Civil Mediation

From neighbour problems to education disagreements, to family company conflict: we mediate a wide range of disputes with care and compassion. We understand what causes conflict and what helps resolve it.

Intern with Us

We have developed an internship program that gives new family mediators exposure to all aspects of the practice. Learn from and with our diverse and experienced team of professionals, and gain the skills and experience for accreditation.

Acclaimed Mediation Courses

We offer unique courses in family mediation, screening for power imbalances in negotiation, family arbitration, and family law. We receive top marks for dynamic and relevant content, diversity of trainers and quality of instruction/feedback. Earn accredited training hours from the Law Society, OAFM and ADRIO.

Customized Training

We design and provide custom training on mediation, arbitration and conflict resolution for organizations and private groups of all sizes around the world.


Our mission is to provide high quality mediation, arbitration and training services.

Our professionally accredited mediators have legal or social work backgrounds. We work closely with lawyers, clients and other professionals to create effective conflict resolution processes. We help resolve the most challenging cases. And our training and consulting work is internationally acclaimed. We provide professionals with excellent learning and accreditation credentials.

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Our Dispute Resolution Services
We provide family and civil mediation, parenting coordination, and family mediation-arbitration. Our work is mostly referred by lawyers, and we are respected for our effective mediations with clients alone. We work closely with our clients, their lawyers and other professionals to provide the right process, done the right way. We keep costs down, without sacrificing experience, professionalism, satisfaction or quality outcomes.

Our Training Services
We offer a highly respected series of Core Workshops for family and collaborative lawyers, mental health professionals, arbitrators, paraglegals, educators, business leaders and others. Designed to equip participants to gain mediation designations, our courses provide the theory, skills and experience required for effective conflict resolution. We follow up with a comprehensive internship program.

Custom Training
We have designed and delivered custom conflict resolution workshops across Canada and in the UK. We will create training for groups as small as ten, designed to meet the needs of an organization or group of professionals. We focus on meaningful theory and effective skills — in negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and restorative justice — and address the difficult issues of power, gender, cultural difference, violence and mental illness, among others.

Our commitment to high standards and constant improvement is evident in all we do. We hope you enjoy our site.

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Upcoming COURSES

Fall 2014 Courses

Six Part Series: Best Practices for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parent Coordinators and, Arbitrators                                                                                 

 Oct. 23 2014 , Nov. 19 2014 , Feb. 26, Mar. 31, Apr. 29, & Jun. 8 2015        Important issues for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parenting Coordinators and Arbitrators         

Advanced Family Mediation & Negotiation: Theory and Skills

November 5, 6 & 7, 2014
An intensive three-day skills-based workshop that needs the role playing and skills training requirements for family mediation accreditation for OAFM and ADRIO.

Spring 2015 Courses

Introduction to ADR

January 21, 22 & 23, 2015
Offered again: April 27, 28 & 29, 2015
This three day workshop is the first course in our Family Mediation Training series. It is designed to give a comprehensive theoretical basis for the skills training in the courses that follow.

Family Law

March 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2015
An overview of Ontario family law basics, for mental health professionals, and others who are not family lawyers.

Screening for Family Violence

April 13, 14, &, 15 2015 

This one-day intensive program is designed to provide the bi-annual training on “screening for power imbalances” in arbitration as required by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

Duty of Care for Family Law Professionals (10-Hour Update)

April 17, 2015
This one-day intensive program is designed to provide the bi-annual training on “screening for power imbalances” in arbitration as required by Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

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What’s New at RIVERDALE

Speech by Hilary Linton, 2014 Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in ADR, delivered at the National Club September 30, 2014


Hilary’s article, “Understanding Each Party’s Power in Family Mediation-Arbitration:Why it is Critical,” is featured on Check it out

Hilary spoke on “Helping Unrepresented Parties Negotiate Well” at the Ontario Dispute Resolution Officer Training Programme October 6 in Toronto and across the province.

Elizabeth and Christine will be speaking at the Academy of Professional Family Mediators conference in San Diego Oct. 16, including a full day pre-conference Institute!

Hilary will co-present on mediation-arbitration with colleague Felicity Shedden at Resolution UK’s program ‘Dream Teams’ in Nottingham, England Oct. 16.

Hilary will be teaching family mediation in Gothenburg Sweden for the Swedish Forum for Mediation and Conflicthandling in November. See the agenda here.. in Swedish of course. :)

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