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In-depth articles from the Riverdale Mediation team of professionals.

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…

September 14, 2017

Best Practices for Screening for Family Violence and Power Imbalances in Family Mediation-Arbitration

By Hilary Linton 1. Screening is a process of identifying, assessing and managing power imbalances. Its purpose is to assess if parties are appropriate for…

September 14, 2017

Identifying and Assessing Family Violence and Power Dynamics

By Hilary Linton What are the fundamental principles of ADR? What are some basic screening concepts I should know before starting mediation and/or arbitration? What are mediators…


In-depth articles from the Riverdale Mediation team of professionals.

June 3, 2019

Book Review: A Guide To Family Arbitration In Ontario, By Stephen Grant And Jenna Preston (Lexis Nexis 2018)

Score: 9.5/10 As a family arbitrator I am always looking for good reading to stay current. I recommend this book highly for anyone doing this…

January 21, 2019

Court Upholds Confidentiality of Mediation Intake Forms, Mediator’s File & Screening Notes

Cliff Nelson, Riverdale Mediation & Hilary Linton, Riverdale Mediation and mediate393/311/47 Few legal principles are more sacrosanct than settlement privilege. In family law, where the…

September 20, 2018

The (Unique) Perils of The PC Process

The parenting coordination process is a difficult one for both clients and PCs. Invariably there is one parent who is more committed; or is driving…

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In-depth articles from the Riverdale Mediation team of professionals.

National Post Article - March 2020

Elizabeth Hyde recently spoke to journalist Josephine Wong of the National Post to discuss how separated couples deal with co-parenting in the wake of COVID-19. Read the full article here.

Lawyer's Daily Article - February 2020

Elizabeth Hyde and Jared Norton's article on the "The Efficacy of Parenting Co-ordination” was recently published in the Lawyer's Daily (February 28, 2020). "...understanding the full scope and potential of parenting co-ordination, as well as engaging in a dialogue about its effectiveness, is central to responsible practice." Read the complete article here.

Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 Newsletter

Our Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 Newsletter has finally arrived! Read about our recent partnership with York University, upcoming family mediaiton training programs in 2020, and more! Click here  to view the complete newsletter.


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