Welcome to
Riverdale Mediation

Founded in 2000, Riverdale Mediation has grown from a small boutique practice (originally situated in Riverdale, Toronto) to a multi-disciplinary collaboration of dispute resolution professionals in downtown Toronto.

Our founder Hilary Linton is an internationally recognized leader in dispute resolution. She specializes in helping those in conflict work together, in a safe, practical and effective way, to resolve the most difficult disputes. She collaborates with Elizabeth Hyde (a lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator with Medius Dispute Resolutions) and Jared Norton (a MSW mediator, parenting coordinator, custody assessor and counsellor with Empowerment Practices) to offer a diverse skill set. All are certified dispute resolution practitioners and highly regarded teachers. We focus on cases involving separation, children, family and estate disputes, partnership conflicts, and elder disputes.

When choosing the professionals to guide you through this critical time in your life, competence and experience count. Work with our team — seasoned dispute resolution professionals with backgrounds in family law and social work— for a process you can trust.

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Many thanks for your very professional help in our very difficult matter. It looks like we are going toward an agreement and could put an end to the destruction of our families.

Our Services

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A voluntary, confidential negotiation process where the parties work with a professional mediator to reach an agreement. Can be combined with Arbitration. (Med-Arb)

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Arbitrators act as private judges. They hear each side’s story in the form of written or oral evidence, and make a binding decision by applying the law to the facts. People choose arbitration when they need a binding decision made but do not want to go to court.

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Parenting Coordination (PC)

PCs work with parents who are unable to resolve day to day matters affecting the care or support of their children. Parenting coordinators enter into binding contracts with the parents to mediate and/or arbitrate whatever the parents cannot resolve themselves.

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From the Blog

September 20, 2017

My family mediator wants to have a pre-mediation meeting with me. Why?

Fear is the greatest emotion felt by clients engaged in family mediation processes.  Pre-mediation meetings help clients ease some of these intense feelings.  A great family…


September 15, 2017

Safety Planning in Family Law Cases: An Emerging Duty of Care for Lawyers?

By Hilary Linton Research and experience tells us that intimate partner homicides are the most predictable and preventable of murders. We also know that adversarial…

News & Announcements

Panel Discussion at the OCLF Conference

Jared Norton will be speaking on a panel (September 16th) and the OCLF conference. The seminar is entitled "The 6-minute settlement practitioner". He will be speaking on the Voice of the Child in settlement and primarily be reflecting on the need for screening and professional skill development.

Sponsors of OCLF & OAFM Conference

We are proud sponsors of the upcoming OCLF & OAFM Conference, "Collaborative Practice and Mediation: The Power of Interest Based Negotiation". The event will be held on September 14-16, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Niagara Falls. For further details, please visit the event page.

Training and Consultation

We also provide in-demand dispute resolution training leading to professional certifications & improved negotiation and problem-solving skills.