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.

Upcoming Courses
at Riverdale 2015

April 13, 14, and 15, 2015 - Identifying, Assessing and Managing Power Imbalance and Screening Violence


April 17, 2015 - Duty of Care for Family Law Professionals (10 Hour Update)


April 20, 21, and 22, 2015  -Introduction to ADR


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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Hilary Linton             Elizabeth Hyde      Christine Kim        Jared Norton

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

2015 Workshop Series

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

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

Spring 2015 Courses

Introduction to ADR

April 21, 22 & 23, 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, Abuse and Power Imbalances

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.

10 Hour Update for Family Mediators, Arbitrators, Lawyers and Parenting Coordinators: Power Imbalances & Family Violence

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

 We just finished the first course in our Family Mediation Certificate program and it was a great success!

Due to popular demand we are now offering a second Introduction to ADR course, April 20-22.

Register now for Family Law, March 23-26. If you want to become an accredited family mediator, this is the second course in the Family Mediation Certificate program. We have only a few spots left so sign up soon if you are interested!

Christine will be a guest lecturer on family mediation at the University of Windsor Law School on February 11th 2015.

Hilary and Elizabeth are the co-chairs of the inaugural Walsh Family Negotiation Competition. Students from Ontario law schools will participate in the competition in Toronto March 13-14, 2015. The event, hosted by the judges of the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario, if you are interested in supporting this exciting event, please contact us!


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