Child Custody Mediation in a Maryland Divorce
If you and your spouse are having trouble
reaching an agreement, you should consider mediation. A mediator
specializes in helping people reach an agreement that is fair and will last. The
sessions are confidential. A mediator's role may be limited to custody.
You may also ask to cover other issues such as marital property if you choose.
Mediation is not appropriate in cases where there is a genuine issue of physical
or sexual abuse of the child or one of the parties. It is also important to get
a legal advisor for this process. The mediator's role is not to take sides, but
to bring the two sides together. Additionally, if the mediator is not an
attorney, he/she may be unaware of some specific legal issues.
Court Ordered Mediation
The court has the power to order you and the other side to go to mediation.
This is true whether
- your case is just starting;
- you are requesting modification of an existing
- or you are filing a contempt action.
- You should be aware, however, that if
mediation is ordered by the court at the initial proceeding it will most
likely prolong the legal process by stopping all other actions until the
mediation is complete. The court will initially order two sessions. However,
a mediator recommend that the court order 2 additional sessions. You may
decide to continue the mediation without the court ordering it. The court
also has the power to order one or both parties pay for the mediation.