Publications and CLE Materials
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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.
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.
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.
Note: 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,
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 and/or jury.
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.
Visit our Arbitration pages.
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