Procedural Skills for Family Arbitrators

Effective family arbitrators have the ability to conduct matters using fair, flexible, proportionate and effective procedures. In our 40 Hour course in Family Arbitration Theory and Practice for arbitrators and parenting coordinators, we teach these skills through lectures, demonstrations and coached role plays in small groups. These skills include: a. Ability to clearly establish understandings b. Ability to determine legitimacy …
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Evidence Management Skills for Family Arbitrators and Parenting Coordinators

One reason many clients and their lawyers prefer private family arbitration to court is the flexibility and procedural adaptiveness of family arbitration. Arbitrators have the ability to structure their processes in ways that meet the needs of each set of clients and the issues before them. Parenting coordinators utilize a broad range of procedural strategies to manage conflict in the …
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Training Required for Family Arbitrators & Parenting Coordinators*

Family mediation and arbitration is an unregulated field of practice in Ontario. Although the Ontario Association of Family Mediation (OAFM) and Family Mediation Canada (FMC) have established high standards of practice, it is not necessary to obtain accreditation with either organization in order to offer family mediation services. The same applies to family arbitrators and parenting coordinators. Membership in the …
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Navigating Mediation with Cultural Sensitivity – A Black History Month Perspective

As we commemorate Black History Month, let us not only celebrate the vibrant mosaic and diverse narrative of black history. Let’s consider the importance of supporting and fostering inclusivity in all aspects of FDR practice. In the field of mediation, cultural competence is paramount in ensuring a fair and effective process for our clients. By embracing diversity and pursuing knowledge …
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A Personal Journey with Riverdale’s Asynchronous 10-hour IPV Course

By Riverdale Mediation alumni, Stephanie Kuiack My recent completion of Riverdale’s 10-hour Update in IPV and Power Imbalance Screening for Family Arbitrators & PCs has prompted me to share my experience with this fully asynchronous program. From the seamless website navigation to the engaging course content, my journey with this course has been nothing short of exceptional. Website Navigation and …
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Cases involving IPV in the context of voluntary family mediation services.

Court-connected family mediation in Ontario is, by definition, a voluntary process of self-determination. It is voluntary in that judges do not have the power to order parties into mediation unless they voluntarily agree to do so by jointly selecting a mediator (s. 3(2) of the Family Law Act). Judges hearing conferences may order parties to mediation intakes pursuant to R. …
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Why Is Screening So Crucial to Mediation Success?

First of all, SCREEN! Then Screen some more. Screening mediation clients for power imbalances and intimate partner violence does not stop at the initial intake/screening meeting.  Screening is not just a one-off triage process to help a mediator determine whether mediation is appropriate and how the mediation should be structured. A decision that mediation is appropriate at the outset could …
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Screening – A Primer

Screening is a crucial part of any mediation, arbitration or parenting coordination process. For clients embarking on any of these processes, it is important to be aware that screening is not only important for the facilitator but also for the clients, who may otherwise not have the opportunity to be heard regarding specific aspects of their relationship or current situation …
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