Mediation & Arbitration

Mediation & Arbitration

Maryland Divorce Mediation – Mediation Attorney in Maryland

Shawn A. Gritz is a mediation attorney in Maryland, and has been a District Court appointed panel mediator since 2005. Practicing mediation in Maryland, I handle a variety of cases and circumstances, including Maryland divorce mediation.

Below, you can find more information on mediation in Maryland, and how I may be able to help you as your new Maryland mediation attorney.

Understanding Mediation

Mediation is a process in which a trained neutral person, a “mediator,” assists the parties involved in a dispute to communicate with one another, to understand each other, and if possible, to find solutions that work for everyone. This can range from a complete resolution of the matter to partial resolution of some issues in order to narrow the dispute for litigation.

Mediators for divorce or other circumstances will not make decisions for you or provide any legal advice. In mediation, you speak for yourself and are able to make your own decisions with the guidance of the mediator. Mediation in Maryland provides an opportunity for you to say what’s important to you and hear the other person’s perspectives. You have decision-making power in mediation, and you know what your needs are better than any judge or jury.

Working with a mediation attorney in Maryland may help you to figure out how to get your needs and the other person’s needs met by reaching creative, customized solutions that work for everyone. These solutions are often beyond what a Judge is authorized to Order at trial, which is often limited to monetary damages. Further, the result of mediation in Maryland is not binding upon the parties until they give final approval. This enables the parties to openly discuss a larger realm of possible resolutions.

Unlike courtroom proceedings that are open to the general public, mediation in Maryland is a private and confidential process. Mediation may also save you time and money. Many business disputes, family conflicts, neighborhood disputes, and one-on-one issues can be effectively resolved in mediation. A divorce mediation attorney in Maryland may help you preserve or improve a troubled business, family or neighborhood relationship.

Mediation is not about winning and losing, but rather, about having an opportunity to identify solutions that work for everyone. If you do not reach an agreement or develop a solution that works for everyone, you can still have your case handled by the court or resolved in some other way. If you do not sign a written agreement in mediation, and you decide to take your dispute to court, neither the mediator nor the participants can testify in court about what happened during the mediation.

You can also visit the Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) on-line at www.courts.state.md.us/adr.html, or call 410-841-2260 for more information.

Contact our offices today for a free consultation, to speak with me directly about becoming your mediation attorney in Maryland.

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