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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…

News & Announcements

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

Tenth Annual Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law

The Ontario Bar Association (OBA) will be hosting their tenth annual Bread and Butter Issues in Family Law on Friday, October 4, 2019. The event will feature expert perspectives and strategic insights to equip lawyers with the knowledge to navigate the evolving nuances of family law. Hilary Linton will join Judith Nicoll (McInnis & Nicoll) and the Honourable Sharon Shore (Ontario Superior Court of Justice) on a panel to discuss "Public or Private Adjudication: Knowing How to Decide on Arbitration or Court". For further information, please view the program agenda.

Elizabeth on "Ask Andrew"

On September 16, Elizabeth Hyde (of Medius Dispute Resolution) appeared as a guest speaker on the Ask Andrew Show, a monthly, 30-minute web series discussing issues surrounding separation, divorce and child custody. Hosted by Andrew Feldstein (of Feldstein Family Law Group P.C.), Elizbeth spoke about Parenting Coordination. Click here to view the complete interview. For an archive of past episodes fo the Ask Andrew Show, check out the Feldstein Family Law Group P.C. YouTube channel.

2019 Spring & Summer Newsletter

For recent news, updates, testimonials, and upcoming courses in family mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination, check out our latest 2019 Spring & Summer Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2xaEUpF


The Riverdale Mediation Newsletter will keep you updated on our course schedule, speaking engagements and exciting updates in the world of Family Mediation.