Publications and CLE Materials
The following publications are available for download via the Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is an informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.
The mediation session is intended to identify pertinent issues, clarify any misunderstandings, explore solutions, and negotiate an agreement.
Read our brochures,
Mediation, Another Method For Resolving Disputes, for more information.
Mediación, Otro Método para Resolver Altercación, para más información.
Visit our Mediation pages.
What is Family and Divorce Mediation?
Family and divorce mediation is a process where an impartial third person, the mediator, helps people negotiate with one another to resolve issues relating to parenting time and responsibilities, child and spousal support, divorce, and the issues that arise after a divorce (assets and liabilities).
Read our brochures,
Parents are Forever (Family Mediation - Parenting, Divorce and Post Divorce Issues), for more information.
Los Padres de Familia son Para Siempre, Mediacion de Familia, para más información.
Visit our Family and Divorce Mediation pages.
What is Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation?
The Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation program allows specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. The ACDR will pay for most of the cost of the mediators to mediate homeownership issues allowing homeowners to resolve their problems at no or low cost.
To take advantage of this mediation program, homeowners must first qualify. Contact the
Volunteer Lawyers Program at
334-517-2230 for more information on qualifications.
Read our brochure,
Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation brochure
Visit our Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Modification Mediation pages..
What is an Arbitration Agreement?
Arbitration agreements, which are often found in pre-printed consumer
contracts, require that the parties to the contract resolve disputes
that arise in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge
What is binding arbitration?
Binding arbitration involves the submission of a dispute to a neutral
party who renders a decision following a hearing. Arbitration takes the
place of a trial before a judge or jury. Because the arbitration is
binding, grounds for appealing or setting aside the arbitration
decision are very limited and
may frequently not be available at all. If a person signs a contract
containing a mandatory, binding arbitration agreement, he or she gives
up the right to go to court to have his or her claim resolved.
Read our brochures,
Arbitration Agreements, to learn more.
Acuerdos de Arbitraje, para más información.
Visit our Arbitration pages.
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ADR Procedures in Alabama with Mediation Model
Judges Mediation Bench Book
Seal the Deal: CLE
Practical Tips from Top Mediators
The Alabama Private Judge Act authorized the appointment of former or retired judges to serve as private judges in certain district and circuit court cases. - More -
Arbitration agreements, are often found in pre-printed consumer contracts. They require parties to the contract to resolve disputes in binding arbitration, rather than in court before a judge and/or jury. - More -
Mediation is a confidential, informal process during which an impartial third party, the mediator, assists disputing parties in reaching a mutually acceptable agreement regarding their dispute.
- General Mediation offers a path to resolving many disputes. - More -
- Family Mediation offers divorce and family mediation for parenting, divorce and post-divorce issues. - More -
- Forclosure Prevention and Mortgage Modification Mediation offers specially-trained mediators to assist Alabama citizens with foreclosure and mortgage problems by mediating between the homeowner and the mortgage holder. - More -
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