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July 3, 2020

Best Practices for Addressing Power Imbalances and Safety in Family Dispute Resolution Processes: Research, Protocols and the Law

(This article was first published in the Ontario Family Law Reporter, Volume 33, Issue 10, April 2020. By Hilary Linton) Introduction With courts, for now,…

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…


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

May 17, 2021

Co-Parenting Resources

One of the most important, but often overlooked, part of the parenting coordination (PC) process is parent education and coaching. As PC is not inexpensive,…

April 8, 2021

A Good Case for Family Mediators: Justice Sherr in L.B. and P. E.

As family mediators, we work “in the shadow of the law”. Our job is to help parties reach agreements that are better for them than…

March 25, 2021

Enforcement of Agreements and Orders in a Closed PC Process

Walk softly and carry a big stick is a variation on a phrase popularized by US President Theodore Roosevelt in a 1903 speech when he…

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

The Dish on Divorce

In episode 11 of the YouTube series, "The Dish on #Divorce", Hilary Linton spoke with Jennifer Barkin about the success of mediation, the process of getting started with it, and the various resources available for families to negotiate issues outside of the courtroom. View the episode here.

We Welcome our Newest Associate, Borzou Tabrizi!

We are happy to welcome Borzou Tabrizi to our practice. A family lawyer since 2015, Borzou is certified as a family mediator by both the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Family Mediation.With an undergraduate degree in psychology from York University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall, Borzou brings a depth of understanding and knowledge to his work as a family mediator. Fluent in both English and Farsi, Borzou helps parties settle all aspects of their family law matters.Learn more about Borzou here.

Guest Mentor at OBA Webinar

Hilary Linton is one of the scheduled guest mentors to speak at the upcoming Ontario Bar Association webinar, "Building a Successful ADR Practice" on April 22, 2021. Click here for program details and registration.


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