A referee actually calls the rules of the game and sets up the playing field according to regulations and starts and ends the game. But a real referee actually blows a whistle when there is a foul. I am pretty sure that your mediator will not blow a whistle anytime during the mediation process but some of what a referee does might just happen in a mediation. For instance, a mediator will tell that you that they are a neutral third party, they will tell you the dos and don’t of mediation and they will help monitor and guide the process. They can help you with creative options that match your family needs. They can present ideas and options back and forth between parties in a non charged and non emotional manner. And mostly, they can use their years of experience to help make mediation a win win for your family.
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