2 .Neither provides for a trial by jury. For that reason, rules of procedure and evidence are generally much more relaxed at these proceedings.
3. Unlike a trial, the parties are able to direct the resolution in more meaningful ways, as opposed to a judge or jury deciding their fates. Many courts are requiring some form of ADR before they will allow either party to proceed to trial. The Harris County family courts require mediation in most instances before signing off on the resolution and Galveston County has made a minimum of three (3) half-day mediations mandatory in all family law cases. Therefore, a minimal understanding of the process that is ADR is helpful.
What is Arbitration?
Benefits of Arbitration
What is Mediation?
Benefits of Mediation