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No. A mediator is a neutral party who does not have the authority to make decisions for you. Arbitrators and judges make decisions. If you are not able to reach an agreement, you can ask the mediator for a recommendation. If the recommendation does not resolve your issue or help you reach an agreement, you have the option of taking that issue to court for a judge to decide or taking the entire case to court for a judge to decide.

Before running off to court, I recommend passing on an issue and working on others. After the other issues have been resolved, we can return to the one causing us trouble and see if an agreeable solution to the problem can be found. Often, working out all of the other issues makes the remaining one that’s more difficult, less daunting to tackle. You have gained some trust in the process and in your own ability to resolve problems through negotiation and compromise.

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