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.