Welcome to Riverdale Family Mediation, Arbitration and Parenting Coordination!

Since 2001, Riverdale Mediation has helped separating couples settle their cases. We provide family mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination. We work with lawyers and also with unrepresented clients. If you are separating from your spouse, we can help you negotiate a separation agreement that can keep costs and conflict down.

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

Hilary Linton is the owner and founder of Riverdale Mediation. A former family and civil litigator, she is now an internationally respected family mediator, arbitrator and mediation trainer. 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.

Elizabeth Hyde, of Medius Dispute Resolutions, contracts with Riverdale to provide highly effective parenting coordination services to separating couples who need assistance managing their parenting plans, along with mediation and arbitration services. Also a former family litigator, Elizabeth now provides family mediation, arbitration, parenting coordination, and contract management services through Medius Dispute Resolutions.

The Honourable Clifford Nelson, now retired from his role as a family court judge in the Superior Court of Justice, brings many years of experience of settlement-focused work to his new role as a family mediator and arbitrator.

Borzou Tabrizi is a family lawyer, Accredited Family Mediator, family arbitrator and parenting coordinator. His academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology from York University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall.

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.


I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your help and guidance. You were a very calming presence in the room, in a situation that could have been even more heated than it was at times.

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

March 3, 2022

Family Arbitrators: Protect Your Deductible and Screen Well!

Screening is the first step in all family mediation, collaborative law and arbitration cases. The purpose of screening is to ensure that the parties and…


February 28, 2022

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,…

News & Announcements

MBBI's Member Spotlight on Hilary Linton

Tess Hargarten of Mediators Beyond Borders International recently interviewed Hilary Linton for their mediator "Member Spotlight". Read the complete article here.

Feature in Lawyer's Daily Article - December 2021

The Supreme Court of Canada changed our understanding of “closed” family mediation. In a December 2021 Lawyer's Daily article, Hilary Linton speaks in this article about what this means for family mediators and what they should do to protect their clients.    

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.