The main difference is that in divorce mediation you get to choose the outcome. If you don’t agree that this is the solution that I want to agree to for my parenting plan or my spousal support, then you can leave. You can get up and leave, and you can say, “I don’t want to do this.” It’s completely confidential. Whereas divorce arbitration is a way that the court system has, which uses a low-cost way to resolve your case without a judge. It’s very similar to a trial, but it means that you can’t just say, “Oh, I don’t like this outcome,” and walk out. In fact, the arbitrator will make a final decision for you. That is the major difference between arbitration and mediation.
Laura Schantz, a Beaverton divorce and family lawyer and mediator has helped clients find creative solutions to complex financial matters involving asset division, spousal support, and child support. To learn more about Laura Schantz and her firm, visit www.oregondivorceattorney.com.