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Private Mediation in Maryland
What is Mediation? Mediation is a process in which you and your ex-spouse, or your business and your ex-partner, or your neighbor, negotiate in a formal or informal setting with the help of a neutral third party, called a mediator. The mediator’s job is to help you reach an agreement without going to court. The advantages of mediation are many: It is less expensive than hiring lawyers and going to court; it is private; it is less stressful than litigation; Mediation can be completed more quickly than litigation; and importantly, it provides a basis for an agreement that can be put into a court order.
Court Ordered Mediation In Maryland
Every Circuit Court in Maryland has a Court-Ordered Mediation Program - a program which refers and/or requires the opposing parties to a case, which has been filed in the Circuit Court, to attend Mediation before the case is decided by a Judge. This program aims to assist conflicting parties to settle their issues and avoid having to litigate the case in Court. Mediation gives the disputing parties the chance to come together and openly voice their concerns and issues in a safe, confidential setting with an impartial, trained mediator who can assist the parties to focus on constructive communication and help steer the conversation toward a creative solution that is satisfactory and fair to both parties. Frequently, mediation is successful; an agreement is reached, a trial is avoided, and the parties are able to save themselves from substantial legal fees. Chelsea M. Sadler Esq. Has been a court-appointed mediator since 2016 providing mediation and dispute resolution services to the people of Cecil County, Maryland.
Are you required to attend Mediation if Court-Ordered?
If your case involves Child Custody the Court will most likely require you to attend Mediation, while cases involving other issues may not make mediation mandatory (depending on the Jurisdiction).
Who pays for Court-Ordered Mediation?
Typically the Mediation fees are split equally between the parties (unless there is an agreement otherwise).
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