Family Arbitration: Theory, Law and Practice (40 Hours)

“I thought this program was top tier. The quality of the instructors and the participants was exceptional.”

"As a non-lawyer, the content was provided in a way we understand. Excellent experiences shared that provided practical understanding. The handbook was a great resource".


May 1 – June 12, 2025
(Spring 2025)
May 8, 2025 (from 4 – 6 pm, EST)
May 15, 2025 (from 3:30 – 6:30 pm, EST)
May 22, 2025 (from 3:30 – 7 pm, EST)
May 29, 2025 (from 4 – 6:30 pm, EST)
June 5, 2025 (from 3:30 – 7 pm, EST)

It is critical for parenting coordinators and family arbitrators to have solid grasp of arbitration law and procedure. This highly interactive, role-play based course is designed to meet the requirements for the FDRP Arb (Certified Specialist in Family Arbitration) and FDRP PC (Certified Specialist in Parenting Coordination) designations offered by FDRIO.

Experienced arbitrator trainers and coaches bring their expertise, supplemented with engaged group discussion and role play to encourage individual learning.

Topics Include:


  • Interviewing prospective participants to inform them of the family arbitration process and assist them in making an informed choice
  • Screening for domestic violence and power imbalances
  • Preparing a Family Arbitration Agreement
  • Conducting pre-hearing arbitration meeting(s)
  • Managing the family arbitration process
  • Appropriate communication skills and knowledge
  • Conducting the arbitration hearing
  • Different kinds of hearings
  • Principle of proportionality
  • Application of the rules of evidence
  • Assessing evidence
  • Application of the applicable law
  • Award writing skills
  • Preparing the family arbitration record, award, and arbitrator report
  • Costs awards: Best practices for managing the arbitration file


  • Nature of conflict and conflict management, disputes and dispute resolution theory and principles
  • Fundamentals of natural justice and due process
  • Principles of applicable law
  • Arbitration Act, 1991, Family Arbitration Regulation, Family Law Act, and the family arbitration process

Course Manual, precedents and templates, presentation slides, selected readings, checklists, hand-outs and case law.

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How our Courses Work:


Each course is ‘open’ for roughly a four-week period. During that time, participants will have access to on-demand content for self-directed learning. Learners are required to complete the self-directed modules (including quizzes) before each mandatory-attendance Tutorial Session.

 Live online Tutorials are scheduled at regular intervals during the course. Attendance is mandatory (see Training Schedule for dates and times of each). Led by experienced coaches, the Tutorials feature interactive role plays, small group discussion, case study and one-on-one feedback. Participants MUST attend all scheduled tutorials in order to receive their Certificate of Completion.



Each module of each course includes quizzes. Students must achieve at least a passing grade on all quizzes to advance to the next module or course, and to receive their Certificate of Completion for that course.

NOTE: This course is made available to those who pay and register for it only. Only those students who pay and register may attend this course. It is a violation of the contract for training to permit another person to listen or to share course materials with a person who is not registered in the course.

Course Length
40 Hours
Spring 2025
Course opens:
May 1, 2025
Mandatory Tutorials:
May 8, 15, 22, 29 & June 5, 2025
Online (Self-directed learning and live, interactive sessions)
Instructors & Coaches
Hilary Linton, Clayton Spencer, Judith Nicoll
Herschel Fogelman, Alison Boyce, The Honorable Madam Justice June Maresca, Retired Justice Clifford S. Nel-son, Hilary Linton, Cheryl Goldhart, Shmuel Stern, Seem Jain, Clayton Spencer, Ryan Kniznik, Adam Black, Michael Kleinman, Julie Hannaford and Tom Dart

I thought this program was top tier…the quality of the instructors and the participants were exceptional.

Thank you so much for such a great course. I really enjoyed the mock arbitration at the end, especially because of the involvement of the actors and dedicated coach. I am sure it was logistically difficult to plan out and implement, but it was so worth it from my perspective as a student!

I appreciated the different perspectives and styles of each instructor – plus their collective experiences helped to frame each aspect of the process in a realistic way.

Loved sitting at a round table. Made for great discussion setting. Also great small group role play.

Great job of making it accessible to both lawyers and non-lawyers and keeping questions focused and on track.

Having great guest speakers is a nice way to add other experiences. The role play is always a good way to try out the skills.

I was the arbitrator in the mock. I appreciated the feedback and the opportunity we had to let the scenario run through a full issue - and then closing submissions. The OPD session / video sparked excellent discussion and it was helpful to see other "players" and styles in the DR world.

Its great to have a variety of speakers styles and experiences.

The pace was good! Materials helpful and the collegiality.

The content was dense and detailed. Very relevant.

I found (the course) extremely practical and easy to follow.

Excellent experiences shared that provided practical understanding. The Handbook was a great resource.

I liked how it was multiple presenters so you really get a feel of different practice and perspectives. All instructors are so helpful and approachable and took time to explain everything. I liked how we discussed PC. We were also given tons of resources that will help a lot when we are practicing on our own. Overall, I’m really happy I took this course. It’s really tailored to everyone of different backgrounds...

This was an excellent course – probably the best course I have had in all of my Mediation and PC training. It was a very intense course delivered in a logical and progressive manner. For mental health professionals who are doing PC it is an absolute must. The thought of having to proceed with an Arbitration and delivering an award was intimidating in that I did not feel comfortable knowing I had full knowledge of the law and the process. With this training, I left excited about knowing the law, the process, and the procedures required in doing Arbitration as part of PC and Med/Arb. As a mental health professional I know I have more to learn about the law –especially in the rules of evidence, but this course directed me on what and how to proceed effectively. I am comfortable and looking forward to applying my knowledge knowing that if questions arise I know what to do and in doubt, I have excellent materials (workbook and book by R.Shields) to reference. I also have a network of peers I can rely on. The dynamic between both facilitators, Hilary and Richard, was excellent! Thank you.

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