We recommend initial mediation to most of our clients as a means to resolve family law disputes effectively in a cost efficient manner. Mediation allows spouses to face each other in a non-confrontational setting to address their differences and to determine their future course of action without the mandate of a court or the cost of litigation. And even if you do decide to proceed to court, under Maryland Rule 9-205, litigants in cases involving contested custody issues are referred to mediation, unless there is a genuine issue of physical or sexual abuse of a party or child.
Research indicates that mediation is successful in more than one-half of the cases and that parties with mediated outcomes are less likely to have post-agreement disputes. With the enactment of Title 17 of the Maryland Rules relating to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)[/url], there are even more opportunities for mediated resolution of the complex financial aspects arising out of a divorce. Mediation allows both parties to become educated about the realities of litigation in an informal process, without the harsh reality of a court order. The rules of evidence do not apply and witnesses are not called. Mediation may take one or several sessions. The goal remains mutually agreeable resolution and the mediator’s suggestions may provide substantial guidance. Subject to certain delineated exceptions, mediation is confidential, and “...a mediator and any person present or otherwise participating in the mediation at the request of the mediator shall maintain the confidentiality of all mediation communications and may not disclose or be compelled to disclose mediation communications in any judicial, administrative, or other proceeding.“
Julie is certified to conduct mediation and she is also a certified collaborative law practitioner. In addition, we can serve as both a coach and advisor through the process. We can help you evaluate your spouse’s information, and initiate and evaluate settlement proposals. We assess the strengths and weaknesses of our client’s position, and various proposals while being sensitive to the importance of our role in the process. We assist by attending mediation sessions and participating directly in the mediation, especially with respect to complex financial issues.
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