Family Law (21 / 30 Hours)

I can't believe I absorbed so much information in 4 days


An accessible and engaging overview of Ontario family law, this course is designed for anyone seeking to become an accredited family mediator, parenting coordinator or arbitrator, who does not have a family law background.

The primary purpose of the course to learn how to ensure that clients understand the legal implications of any potential settlement options.
Participants will learn:

  • the essential statutes that govern family law practice in Ontario
  • the role of case law in determining legal rights and obligations
  • the interplay between parenting plans and financial issues:
  • basic law regarding custody, access, mobility & third party rights
  • basic child support law
  • basic spousal support law
  • basic property division law
  • domestic contracts
  • enforceability of settlements
  • related areas of law: criminal, bankruptcy, corporate, real estate, succession, tax
  • drafting essentials when documenting proposed settlements

*30 hours of family law training is required by the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General for anyone providing Parenting Coordination and Family Arbitration services. As well, the Riverdale Mediation Internship Program requires applicants to have at least 30 hours of family law training.

For further savings see:

Family Mediation Course Package B for Mental Health Professionals (MHPs)

Family Mediation Course Package C for Other Professionals

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$1,075 + HST

January 30, 31, February 3 & 4, 2020


Guest Speakers



9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Elizabeth Hyde / Hilary Linton


This course is required for professionals who are not family lawyers and wish to register for our Basic Family Negotiation and Mediation course.

Substantive Content

26 Hours


The maturity of speakers who endorsed and reiterated knowledge from the texts. The reading and questions asked of the guest speakers were seamless and empowering students

Ken was fantastic and very engaging! He used very simple language to effectively teach non-lawyer students.

I really enjoyed the discussions on child support and in particular Ken Nathan's segment on the Divorcemate calculations. Lots of very useful information.

Overall amazing course. Jam-packed with information, well-paced, great discussions. The remote format was very successful. Hilary did an exceptional job answering all our questions and keeping us on track. The summary test questions really helped as a review of each day's content.

I really enjoy the personal interactions and getting to know my instructors and fellow students.

Exceptional speakers combined with Hilary's great instruction and feedback made for an amazing day.

An excellent overview of the field as a whole!

Exposure to foundational issues, confidence in instructors.

An extremely well-balanced approach of the breadth and depth of family law that can be covered in a 30-hour course.

Generally, I found it informative and detailed enough to feel (like) I have a grasp of the legal concepts. Presenters were positive yet realistic, and answered questions well and interacted with each other well.

Hilary’s passion for the field is infectious and so evident in how she presents her material and in the fantastic guest speakers who we had the pleasure of hearing. It is understandable why Riverdale has a great reputation as the foremost in Mediation education.

The facilitators were all excellent. It was very educational to have different presenters. Level of knowledge was very high. All were able to explain complex concepts into understandable English.

Really enjoyed hearing from different speakers – broke up the day. Appreciated the professional stories; humour is great!

Content was great. Instructor’s worked towards need of the students, based on what their needs would be.

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