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#648574 - 07/06/10 12:49 AM Mediator/Arbitrator vs. Lawyer
keyjockey Offline

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Are mediators fair? My husband suggested this in instead of lawyer. Any opinions?

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#648575 - 07/06/10 04:12 PM Re: Mediator/Arbitrator vs. Lawyer [Re: keyjockey]
iluvmy2 Offline

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We are using mediation. We are using a company called Alpha Resource Center. Howeer, it works best if you and your spouse are in an amicable situation. You are making most of the decisions and the mediator (who is a lawyer) is guiding you through the process and insuring that you have all of the paperwork complete and addressing all pertinent issues.

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#648576 - 01/05/12 11:27 PM Re: Mediator/Arbitrator vs. Lawyer [Re: iluvmy2]
CoachNicole Offline

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Mediation is a process where both parties work together to decide on a resolution regarding their case/issue.

Arbitration is a process where a third party hears both sides, and makes a decision in favor of one side or the other. It's much like the court process, but with fewer rules, and it takes less time.

Lawyers can be used in mediation, and should be used in arbitration. In mediation, lawyers should only serve to make sure that you're not agreeing any of your rights away. Other than that, attorneys in mediation should allow you as a party to work with the other party directly to come to a mutually agreed upon decision.

Mediators should always be impartial and fair. We are there to help you have the discussions you need to have; to keep track of what you're agreeing upon; and to write up your agreement.

Mediators are cheaper than using attorneys, going to court, etc.

The original poster posted a while ago, but hopefully this helps future readers.

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