Carolina Family Arbitration and Mediation Services
The parties attempt to mediate their disputes first, and if mediation fails to result in a settlement of all issues in dispute, the neutral mediator may also serve as the arbitrator to decide the issues upon which the parties were unable to agree. Alternatively, the parties may elect to have a different neutral arbitrator if they feel that the mediator will be unable to remain neutral in an arbitration process.
In some mediations the parties may come to an agreement on 2 or 3 of their disagreements, but be unable to reach an agreement on others. In such a case the parties may choose to formalize their points of agreement and to submit the remaining areas of disagreement to arbitration.