What’s the Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration?

This video features Jimmy Vaught, a Family Law attorney based in Texas.

Texas Lawyer Jimmy Vaught Explains

Video Transcript:

Leslie Rhode:

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration? We ask Texas attorney Jimmy Vaught in this AskTheLawyers™.

Jimmy Vaught:

In mediation, the mediator can’t really do anything but instruct the settlement process. In arbitration, the parties agree to hire an arbitrator and there's kind of a trial basically with that private arbitrator, and that arbitrator makes a decision and it’s binding just like it would be by a judge.

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