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In my Florida divorce case, is mediation the same as arbitration?

While mediation and arbitration certainly rhyme, they're not the same thing. Mediation is the process of negotiation where both parties give and take and try to come to an agreement. Whereas arbitration is more of a court preceding, but it's much less formalized. If mediation occurs and the parties don't come to an agreement, then nothing is forced upon the parties. In arbitration, however, there will be a third party who makes the final determination that has to be accepted by the parties so there's a pretty significant difference between mediation and arbitration.