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Riverdale Family Mediation Services

Since 2000, Riverdale Mediation has provided separating and divorcing couples with affordable family mediation, arbitration and, now, parenting coordination services. If you are separating from your spouse, we can help you negotiate a separation agreement that can keep your costs down, settle your case out of court and reduce conflict.

Family Mediation:

Family Mediation, also called Divorce Mediation, helps resolve child custody, child access, income determination, child support, spousal support, division of property, marriage contracts and other issues arising on cohabitation, marriage, separation or death.

Benefits of Family Mediation:

  • Lets parties control their own separation process
  • Is confidential, keeping the details of your separation out of a public court file
  • Can be far less expensive than litigation or even lawyer-to-lawyer negotiation
  • Allows parties to negotiate a separation agreement
  • Can reduce conflict and stress for you, your ex and your children
  • Can help promote a positive, long-term relationship between you and your ex. Research shows that children can suffer long-term harm, even as adults, as a result of separation-related conflict between their parents.

You do not need to have a lawyer to come to family mediation, but you do need to obtain legal advice before you can finalize an agreement.

Family Arbitration:

Family arbitration helps resolve child custody, child access, income determination, child support, spousal support, division of property, and other issues arising from your separation. Family arbitration is like selecting your own private judge who will make a final ruling on all outstanding issues between you and your ex spouse.

Benefits of Family arbitration:

  • Can resolve all separation and divorce-related issues
  • Lets you tell your story and make your arguments before a qualified private judge
  • Results in a legally binding decision
  • Lets you choose your own decision-maker and design your own process
  • Can be faster and less expensive than going to court
  • Is confidential
  • When combined with family mediation, lets parties try to reach their own agreement before the family arbitrator makes the decision for them.

Parenting coordination:

  • Helps parents resolve conflicts arising out of their separation agreement, arbitration decision or court order
  • Promotes better communication and decision-making skills for parents
  • Provides an effective process for resolving conflicts between parents
  • Allows parents to choose their own qualified professional

Our founder, Hilary Linton, is a former family and civil litigator and an internationally recognized leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including family and civil mediation. She specializes in helping families in conflict during separation and divorce work together, in a safe, practical and effective way, to resolve the most difficult disputes. She collaborates with Elizabeth Hyde (a lawyer, family mediator, family arbitrator and parenting coordinator ). Both are certified dispute resolution practitioners as well as highly regarded international mediation trainers and mediation instructors.

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 at Riverdale Mediation — seasoned alternate dispute resolution professionals with backgrounds in family law — 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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Family Mediation | Divorce Mediation

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

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Family Arbitration

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)

Parenting Coordinators 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

June 12, 2018

Sustainable Peace, Mediation, and the Status of Women and Girls

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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…

News & Announcements

3rd Annual FAMAC Mediation Conference

On September 26 & 27, 2018 The 3rd Annual FAMAC Mediation Conference will take place at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa. Riverdale’s Hilary Linton is one of the scheduled speakers on Day 2, speaking on “Empowering parents and families through interest-based mediation and facilitative parenting coordination”. For further information, please view the event page.

5th Annual Johannesburg Family Law Conference

Hilary Linton will be this year’s International Guest Speaker at the 5th Annual Johannesburg Family Law Conference. The event is scheduled to be held in Morningside, Sandton, South Africa on October 4 & 5, 2018. Hilary will discuss “Manipulative questioning: how mediators can use their number one tool”. For further information, please view the event flyer.

Mediation Training & Alternative Dispute Resolution Consultating

We also provide in-demand Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) training that leads to professional certifications as well as improved negotiation and problem-solving skills.