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Hilary works hard to understand what each client needs to reach a workable settlement.

Hilary A. Linton

FDRP. Med & Arb., Acc. FM., Cert. F. Med., CP. Med., J.D., LL.M.

Hilary Linton is a Toronto lawyer, mediator, arbitrator and teacher. After litigating family and civil disputes for 14 years, she started Riverdale Mediation which is internationally recognized for high-quality dispute resolution services and innovative ADR training.

Elizabeth brings skill and experience to help those in high conflict situations get resolution.

Elizabeth Hyde

B. Ed., J.D., LL.M., Acc. FM., FDRP PC.

Elizabeth Hyde is the Principal of Medius Dispute Resolutions, the Executive Director of mediate393 inc. and an associated mediator, arbitrator and parenting coordinator with Riverdale Mediation Ltd.

Cliff has worked with and for families in Ontario for decades, and brings wisdom and knowledge of the law to the table for our clients.

Clifford S. Nelson


After practicing family law in Toronto for 28 years, Clifford Nelson was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) where he specialized in family law. For nineteen years, Clifford dealt with all manner of family law disputes from cases involving children to cases about property and support.

Borzou is a skilled, compassionate and patient mediator whose clients not only reach agreements, but are satisfied with the experience as well.

Borzou Tabrizi

B.A., J.D., FDRP Med., Acc. FM

Borzou is a family lawyer and Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO). His academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology from York University and a law degree from Osgoode Hall.

Riverdale Mediation began at a shared law office space in Riverdale in 2001. Our founder, Hilary Linton, wanted to offer separating couples something more than adversarial approaches and outcomes that rarely left anyone happy. She focused on designing a dispute resolution process that would achieve the values of respectful self-determination, client empowerment, safety for clients and children, including the voice and the views of the children, confidentiality and legally-informed outcomes.

We worked hard in those early days to promote family mediation as a natural, practical and affordable way for separating couples to work out their differences themselves.

Our first print ad, circa 2002.

Our focus from the start was on respecting the fundamental principles of family mediation: a fair, safe, balanced process of self-determination that does no harm. Hilary’s years of family law experience was very helpful in both helping parties to understand the costs and benefits of mediation compared to court, and also in providing separating couples without lawyers with useful legal information and guiding them through the negotiation process, together.

As the practice became busier, family mediation interns joined, followed by our first associate, family mediator Catherine Davison.


Hilary Linton, 2001

Our first three-panel brochure, promoting our services, 2002.


Our first business card, 2002.

Over the years, the practice grew. Some of our associates over the years have included:

And as our practices grew, so did the demand for new services (arbitration and parenting coordination).

Our mediation training practice also grew each year and we became one of the province’s busiest family mediation training practices, equipping many family mediators each year to become accredited by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) and the ADR Institute of Ontario, and, more recently, the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

With the 2007 amendments to the Family Law Act and Arbitration Act, we started offering family arbitration and, later, parenting coordination services, offering families in conflict even more options for resolving their family law matters out of court.

We have worked with leading professionals in the development of our mediation training program. Our current training and coaching team can be found here.

When we outgrew our Riverdale space, we moved downtown to Law Chambers 393 University Avenue. We were there for over ten years before we settled into our current space at 425 University Avenue, Suite 300.

And with the pandemic arriving in 2020, our business changed again, moving all our services and training online. Through it all, our outstanding support and administrative group has kept us going:

In 2011, Hilary was awarded a contract with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General to provide family information and family mediation services in Toronto’s Superior Court of Justice (and later also the Ontario Court of Justice) and our sister company, mediate393 inc. (Toronto Family Mediation Services), was born.

Today, Riverdale Mediation offers a full range of Family Dispute Resolution Services including:

1.  Family mediation of all issues on separation and divorce, including:

  • financial disclosure, review of financial statements and supporting documents, and joint preparation of net family property statements
  • income determination including review of income tax returns, and working with financial professionals to determine income, child support, including guidelines, section 7, shared custody, and including creating Divorcemate Calculations for legal review
  • spousal support, including review of the Spousal Support Advisory Guidelines and creating Divorcemate Calculations for legal review
  • child custody, child access complex parenting plans including working with family professionals for voice of the child reports or legal counsel for children

2.  Mediation of co-habitation and marriage agreements

3.  Mediation and drafting of separation agreements (for legal review)

4.  Family arbitration, and mediation-arbitration of all issues

5.  Mediation of marriage and cohabitation agreements

6.  Drafting of agreements and documents for legal review

7.  Parenting coordination for parents who seek assistance with implementing their parenting plans

Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels

When called on, we work with very high conflict couples and situations involving domestic violence. We work closely with legal and other support teams our clients may have—and we also mediate and arbitrate matters where one or both parties are self- represented. We are knowledgeable about agencies and resources that support families going through the challenges of separation and divorce. We work with clients from all cultures and communities, including the LGBTQ community.

And we have a great team supporting our work and our clients.

Our philosophy is that family mediation can often be a better and safer place for both former spouses or partners to have difficult conversations and work out settlements that are good for them and their children.