Are you looking for an established law firm to help you through the mediation process? Renken Law Firm offers legal advice for couples facing the most difficult issues during the divorce process including spousal support, child support, and property division during your Houston divorce mediation. Our goal is to reach an amicable resolution in all family law cases.
Arbitration and Mediation are two alternatives for dispute resolution and are used in place of the litigation process. The choice depends on the context and situation. The difference between an arbitrator and a mediator lies in their role and whether the agreement or judgment is binding.
Differences in role of an arbitrator and mediator
Mediators not only assist in resolving disputes but also to prevent disputes. They play a pivotal role in identifying mutual interests and promoting healthy communication between the 2 parties involved. They encourage effective interaction and help in arriving at a mutually agreeable resolution. Thus mediators do not render a judgment but facilitate dialog to reach an agreement.
An arbitrator is one who delivers a fair judgment to resolve a dispute. The arbitrator’s decision may or may not be favorable to one or more parties involved; however, the arbitrator is a neutral third party chosen by the disputing parties in lieu of litigating in court. The role of the arbitrator is to render a judgment in the dispute and this judgment is legally binding, unless the parties have agreed beforehand that the judgment will not be binding.
Cost, Time & Outcome
It often takes lesser time to mediate a dispute and the fee charged by the mediator is more often lesser. There is also more likelihood of the relationship between the parties and the mediator to continue longer term (beyond just one dispute), since the mediator often seeks to keep the parties talking and working with each other by reaching a consensus.
Arbitration usually takes longer and costs more because the arbitrator needs to evaluate all the facts, hear all sides of the story, examine all the evidence and make a ruling that is legally binding. Usually cases handled by arbitrators involve parties who no longer work together after the dispute ends. Therefore the same parties are not likely to work with the same arbitrator again.
Is A Mediator Right For Me?
Attorney Dawn Renken is a practicing family law attorney in Texas, that specializes in divorce cases in Houston, TX. Attorney Renken received her mediation license through ADR Services International Inc. in 2014. Since this time, she has worked with a wide range of divorcing couples looking for alternatives to traditional courtroom divorces. Mediation offers the opportunity to divorce without public court appearances or back and forth litigation. Mediation is a private method of divorce that allows both parties to work together to reach an amicable solution as a neutral third-party mediator works to ensure both parties are fairly represented in the final agreement.
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