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Mediation is the “process whereby a neutral third person called a mediator acts to encourage and facilitate the resolution of a dispute between two or more parties. It is an informal and nonadversarial process with the objective of helping the disputing parties reach a mutually acceptable and voluntary agreement. In mediation, decision making authority rests with the parties. The role of the mediator includes, but is not limited to, assisting the parties in identifying issues, fostering joint problem solving, and exploring settlement alternatives….”  All mediation communications are confidential unless allowed by law.  Florida Statute §44.1011(2) and §44.405

Mediator is “a neutral, impartial third person who facilitates the mediation process. The mediator’s role is to reduce obstacles to communication, assist in identifying issues, explore alternatives, and otherwise facilitate voluntary agreements to resolve disputes, without prescribing what the resolution must be.”  Florida Statute §44.403(4)

Arbitration is the “process whereby a neutral third person or panel, called an arbitrator or arbitration panel, considers the facts and arguments presented by the parties and renders a decision which may be binding or nonbinding….”  Florida Statute §44.1011(1)

Arbitrator is “an individual appointed to render an award, alone or with others, in a controversy that is subject to an agreement to arbitrate.”  Florida Statute §682.011

Special Magistrates are members of The Florida Bar that the court appoints for any particular service required by the court in 1. a family law matter other than those involving injunctions for protection against domestic, repeat, dating, and sexual violence, and stalking, 2. a civil law matter, and 3. a probate/guardianship matter.  Fla.Fam.L.R.P. 12.492(b), Fla.R.Civ.P. 1.490(b), and Fla.Prob.R. 5.095(b) and 5.967(b)