• FAQs about Divorce in Maryland: Mediation
  • March 28, 2013
  • Law Firm: Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC - Rockville Office
  • What is mediation?

    Mediation refers to the process where the parties sit down with a specially trained, neutral mediator who helps the parties discuss and negotiate any issues arising out the marriage or relationship. If the parties are able to reach an agreement during mediation, the agreement is memorialized in a written, legal document, which is either prepared by one of the parties’ attorneys or the mediator.

    What are the advantages of mediation?

    Mediation is less expensive than litigation. It also provides the parties with more control over the outcome of the case, as opposed to litigation where the Court decides the outcome of the case. Mediated agreements can also include provisions that a Court would not be able to order at trial, but that are enforceable once the agreement is incorporated into the Judgment of Absolute Divorce.

    Can my lawyer attend mediation with me?

    Yes.

    If we reach an agreement in mediation, do we still have to go to Court?

    Yes, you still have to go to Court for the final divorce hearing. However, if you have an agreement on all the issues arising from the marriage, you can file for an uncontested divorce, which takes about 10 minutes.