Your divorce does not have to be an all-out battle in court, costing you more time and money than you thought possible. You can save the stress and expense through mediation. This is a collaborative approach to divorce, involving the use of a neutral third party (a mediator) who guides you and your spouse toward workable resolutions on any disputed issues pertaining to custody, support, or property.
Our Annapolis mediation services are tailored to help you reap the full benefits that this method has to offer. Particularly if you have children and want to maintain an amicable relationship with your spouse, you may find that mediation is the answer. Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience in family law and are prepared to help you through your divorce.
Call our offices at (410) 220-6784 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation, and you can learn more about mediation and how it may help you.
The Mediation Process in Maryland
Although every case may be slightly different, the following is an overview of the general divorce mediation process in Maryland:
- After both agreeing to pursue mediation, you and your spouse will select a mediator and will schedule your first meeting.
- Prepare for your meeting by gathering all information on individual and combined finances, assets, loans, expenses, etc. If you have already reached tentative or complete agreements on any divorce-related issues, note these down as well.
- Both you and your spouse must be present at each mediation session, which will be overseen by your divorce mediator. Your mediator will bring up specific topics and will work to help you discuss these and reach solutions that work for all parties involved.
- Depending on the number of contested issues and how readily you and your spouse can reach agreements on these, it could take anywhere from 1-6 sessions, or possibly more, to finalize your decisions.
- Your mediator will then create a Memorandum of Understanding or MOU, which clearly details all agreements made during mediation. Make sure you have your attorney review this.
- If you or your attorney want to make revisions to the MOU, your mediator will make these.
- You and your spouse will then need to sign the MOU and file your divorce with the court in the county in which you reside.
Through every step of mediation, you can count on our Annapolis divorce mediators to help and guide you. Call (410) 220-6784 to learn more!