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

February through May 2014
Monthly Workshops: Best Practices for Family Lawyers, Mediators, Paralegals, Parenting Coordinators, and Arbitrators:
1. How to Not Get Sued: Mediator Liability and Insurance – Feb. 20th 2014
2. Parenting Plans: How to Create Excellent Plans – March 27, 2014
Click here to see all workshops.

2014 Courses for Accreditation
Introduction to ADR
April 22, 23 & 24, 2014
This 3-day course (21 hours) is the first in our Family Mediation Training series. It provides a comprehensive theoretical basis for the skills training in the courses that follow.
Family Law
March 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2014
This 30-hour course is essential for all non-lawyers, seeking to become qualified Family Mediators.
Power Imbalances in Family Law Cases
April 7, 8 & 9, 2014
Basic Family Negotiation and Mediation
May 1, 2, 5, 6, & 7, 2014


Overview of courses

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What’s New at RIVERDALE

Christine was featured in NOW Magazine’s monthly education and career training feature. Check out the article here.

The OBA has an excellent program on family ADR on April 30; Hilary and many other fine speakers will present.

Elizabeth taught our annual course in Family Law for mediators, parenting coordinators & arbitrators: another full house.

Hilary has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators. Read here about the APFM and its Annual Conference, in San Diego, next fall.

Judging from the brochure, the upcoming AFCC conference in May is going to be spectacular! Hilary, Elizabeth and Christine all had their proposals to present accepted. More info here.

Riverdale Mediation submitted the winning bid for this lovely piece of art by our intern, mediator/lawyer Jane Demaray. In doing so, we donated to Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. Now THAT is a win-win. Come by our office and see the art!

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Riverdale’s Fall 2013 Newsletter
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  • Family ADR News
  • What’s new at RML?
  • Upcoming Courses
  • Pro Family Bono ILA Project
  • Intern Update
  • Fall Conference Dates

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