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Abstract

Plagued by the burdens of congestion in the family courts system, many jurisdictions have resorted to both court-connected and independent mediation referral as a means to relieve the hurdles of domestic litigation.' In efforts to ensure the quality of mediators to whom they refer cases, many states have resorted to statutory provisions which prescribe certain criteria which domestic mediators must meet. What has evolved is a variety of domestic mediator skills, personal qualities, and knowledge standards incorporated by jurisdictions throughout the United States. This note will attempt to identify the predominant themes recurrent in states ordaining statutory domestic mediator qualifications, as well as to suggest an assortment of qualifications which could lead to more uniformity among the states with regard to domestic mediator paradigms.

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