Why is family arbitration becoming so popular?

  1. Family arbitration is confidential, subject to certain exceptions. This appeals to many who do not want their private business in a public record.
  2. Family arbitrators are selected by the parties—they choose you because they trust you.
  3. Family arbitration can be structured in an efficient and user-friendly way, unlike court.
  4. Family arbitration can be faster than court.
  5. Family arbitration is less formal than court but results in a binding decision just like court.
  6. Family arbitration can be combined with mediation, for a process known as “med-arb.” This process is increasingly in demand. To read more about the pros and cons of this process, click here.

Why Take Family Arbitration Training with Riverdale Mediation?

Family arbitration is a specialized practice. It is governed by Ontario’s Family Law Act, Arbitration Act as well as a special Regulation that relates specifically to family arbitrators.

Being a family arbitrator is a significant responsibility. The law and best practices are complex and evolving. Arbitrators who are not well trained run significant risks of overseeing processes that fail to comply with the law or are mismanaged and result in failure. It is essential for successful family arbitrators to maintain reputations for the excellence of practice. Failure to do so can cause harm to the parties and their children. It can also lead to complaints to one’s professional body, legal claims and other forms of harm to the family arbitrator.

At Riverdale Mediation, we partner with industry leaders to provide high-quality family arbitration training that can lead to Professional Certification with the ADR Institute of Ontario and the Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario.

Who Should Take Family Arbitration Training?

  1. Professionals with legal backgrounds, including family lawyers who wish to move into an arbitration practice, have taken our family arbitration training.
  2. Paralegals, who wish to arbitrate certain issues, have taken our family arbitration training.
  3. Mental health professionals who wish to become leading parenting coordinators or arbitrators of parenting disputes have also taken our family arbitration training.

…And we have trained other professionals who have the expertise they can bring to their work as a family arbitrator.


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Q&A - Family Arbitration Training

Q: Why take Family Arbitration Training?

A: As more people opt for out-of-court dispute resolution, processes such as family arbitration are becoming more popular. Arbitration is a private process of adjudication that results in a binding decision. Arbitrators can significantly impact the lives of their clients. Those providing such services should seek to “do no harm”, and taking quality training that teaches the best current practices is a good way to try to achieve that goal.

As well, Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General requires those providing family arbitration services to meet specific requirements in order for their decisions to be effective. Click here for more information about the Ministry’s requirements.

Q: Which organizations provide professional designations for Family Arbitrators?

A: In Ontario, there are two certifying organizations for arbitrators:

  1. ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO)
  2. Family Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario (FDRIO)

Q: Why take Family Arbitration training with Riverdale?

A: Our lead trainers combine active professional practices in mediation, arbitration and parenting coordination with training— enabling them to teach based on their experiences.

Our family arbitration training is provided in collaboration with experienced professionals from the legal and mental health fields— allowing our students to learn from a diverse range of professionals.

Our training is highly rated by our students. It is designed to be compliant with the requirements of the Ministry of the Attorney General as well as the certification requirements of both FDRIO and ADRIO.