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Family Law Mediation - Rockville, MarylandAbout this Practice Area
David Bulitt is a shareholder and the Assistant Managing Director of Joseph, Greenwald and Laake, PA, one of Maryland's largest and well established suburban law firms. He focuses his practice in all areas of family law, including cases that involve complex financial and property matters and property distribution, divorce, and child custody disputes. He is certified in Collaborative Law and a trained family law mediator. Mr. Bulitt is often appointed by local courts to serve as Best Interests...
Julie Christopher is passionate about helping people navigate challenging transformations in their family landscape. She focuses her legal practice on domestic issues including separation and divorce, complex custody suits, child support and alimony, modifications to existing agreements, property distribution and valuations, contempt and enforcement, and pre- and post-nuptial and separation agreements. Julie is driven to ensure her clients maintain the steadfast belief that she is their advoc...
Since co-founding Stein Sperling 40 years ago, Paul Stein’s belief in the positive change that can be achieved through effective, excellent lawyering has remained constant. Throughout his career, Paul has maintained his commitment to thoroughly understanding each client’s needs, defining clear expectations and goals for their case, and being meticulously prepared to represent them in court or mediation. Paul focuses his practice in the areas of family law and criminal defense. Pau...
Family Law Mediation Definition
Mediation is common in divorce, but also may be used in areas such as pre- or post-nuptial agreements and paternity matters. Couples with low conflict and reasonably good communication may choose mediation as an efficient way to navigate and resolve family law issues. Couples with more significant conflict or who struggle to communicate effectively may find mediation beneficial as a means of problem-solving, reducing conflict, and breaking impasse. Mediators should encourage and model positive communication-both speaking and listening skills. Mediators can help the parties communicate and negotiate more constructively, efficiently, and productively.
Mediators are usually privately selected and retained by the parties, though courts can order parties to participate in mediation. Mediation can occur with parties who have individually retained lawyers or parties who are self-represented. The parties most commonly communicate with one another directly in the presence of the mediator.
Mediation involves an interest-based approach to negotiations. Mediators should have specialized training in dispute resolution approaches and techniques. Mediators use their skills to help open and improve communication between the parties to assist them in resolving issues. Communications in mediation generally cannot be used against a party if there is subsequent litigation, which encourages open communication in the process. Additional professionals may be involved in mediation, such as financial and mental health experts, to assure informed decision-making and assist in exploring settlement options. The goal of family law mediation is to assist the parties in creating their own agreements to meet both their needs as well as the needs of their children.
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