Understanding Divorce Mediation and How it Works in Maryland
Any way you look at it, divorce can be a daunting process representing a major life change. It can be stressful, expensive, time consuming, and altogether, a major mental and emotional drain, even when there is a brighter future ahead. Because of all of this, divorce mediation in Maryland has become a commonly used path towards reaching a resolution to and conclusion of the marriage.
What exactly does it entail, and is it right for you? Read on to learn more.
Divorce mediation is a process in which the two Parties pursuing divorce look to resolve all of the issues of the divorce before entering the courtroom. This is an entirely voluntary process, and in many cases, is chosen because it reduces all of the issues mentioned above: the burden of stress, time lost, heated fights in a courtroom setting, and financial costs as well. Additionally, in certain cases, the Court can order the Parties to attend mediation.
When handled by an experienced Maryland divorce mediator, the hope is that a mutually beneficial solution can be reached. Both spouses get direct input and control over the process and a guided compromise may be uncovered. This is as opposed to a courtroom setting, where you can make your argument, but ultimately, direct control over the final outcome is out of the hands of either spouse.
If the Parties are able to reach an agreement with regard to their issues, then they can proceed with an uncontested divorce so long as the grounds for divorce have been met. If the Parties are unable to reach an agreement, then eventually the matter will be set for trial in front of a Judge. With few exceptions, including allegations of child abuse, nothing discussed during mediation can be used against the Parties at trial.
If you’re facing separation or divorce and believe that divorce mediation may be a preferable option for you, then feel free to get in touch with our office for a free initial consultation. You can reach us directly at 240.395.1418.