Welcome to 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

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.

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 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…


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

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.

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.