Alternative Dispute Resolution – Mediation
Maryland Mediation Lawyers
Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which places you and the other side in control of resolving your dispute. Mediation is available in family law and other matters as a way to resolve your issues outside of the courtroom.
If you are looking to come to an amicable agreement, the mediation attorneys at Andalman & Flynn can offer you the assistance that you need. We will guide you through the mediation process to protect your best interests during the negotiation. To learn more about using mediation to resolve a dispute in Maryland, contact us today.
How Does Mediation Work?
In this process, both sides agree to meet with a mediator, a neutral third-party who will discuss the problem with you and facilitate a resolution on which both sides can agree. There are no “winners” and “losers” in mediation—it is a “win-win” process for both sides.
A mediator does not represent either party and cannot give legal advice to either side. Therefore, the parties may decide to have their attorneys, if represented, either present during the mediation or available for consultation and advice before, during, and after the mediation sessions. Each party should always consult with an attorney before finalizing any agreement reached through mediation.
Once you have reached an agreement, either the mediator can prepare a settlement agreement, which each side may have reviewed by his or her own attorney before signing, or a memorandum of understanding for the parties to give to their attorneys to formalize in a written agreement.
Mediation is available to resolve your dispute any time before a court issues a decision. Mediation may be your first step to resolve your problem, or it may be the last attempt to reach a resolution before trial. If mediation is not successful, you may still seek a litigated resolution for your dispute from the court. Mediation is also an effective tool to resolve modification and enforcement of settlement agreements, especially in family matters.
For More Information, Contact Our Maryland Mediation Attorneys
At Andalman & Flynn, our mediation attorneys can either represent you during this process to ensure your best interests are protected or act as the neutral mediator to ensure the process goes smoothly and both parties are heard. If you are interested in learning more about our mediation services in Maryland, please contact our office.