A third person who is trained as a mediator may assist the parties involved in reaching an agreement. Mediators do not make decisions for you nor do they side with one party of the other. They do not provide legal advice. The process is confidential and information and communications during mediation may not be disclosed to the Court.
Collaborative Family Law
Collaborative Family Law is a dispute resolution method where clients, lawyers, and neutral experts work together exclusively toward settlement. They agree at the outset that they will not pursue litigation. If, however, it becomes necessary to go to Court, the lawyers and experts, by prior stipulation, are disqualified from the case.
Arbitrators are private individuals you can hire to decide your case, just as a judge would do if you went to court. Arbitration can be binding or non-binding. With binding arbitration, the right to a trial is waived and the arbitrator's decision is considered to be final, whereas with non-binding arbitration, a trial can be requested if the parties choose not to go forward with the arbitrator's decision.