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The mediators who work at the Circuit Courts of Maryland may not be available during this COVID-19 crisis. Therefore if you are in litigation and/or have been ordered to mediation, Nancy Caplan, Esquire will honor the fee schedule charged by the Circuit Court in which your case is tried until the Courts return to normal service. Ms. Caplan will require basic information about your litigation including case number. If you are represented by counsel, I would prefer that counsel make the request for mediation even if counsel does not intend to participate in the mediation.

Child Custody and Mediation in Maryland

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Why begin with mediation when you have a child custody dispute in Maryland?

Reason #1 - Because a child custody dispute in court is like a gun fight in the wild west. Bullets are flying, and a lot of people will be caught in the crossfire, including your child or children, and your children's parents (in other words, the parties themselves).

Reason #2 - Because in Maryland, child custody disputes are ordered to mediation! Be ahead of the curve, begin your child custody negotiations in mediation.

Reason #3 - In child custody mediation the tone of the discussions are geared towards settlement and threats and fear tactics are discouraged and who needs to pile on more fear in a child custody dispute?

Reason #4 - Who are the experts in your child? The Judge? The Lawyers? You?

Reason #5 - Because your relationship with your co-parent will continue no matter the manner in which your child custody dispute is handled; Ugly handling of the dispute = ugly co-parenting relationship.

Reason #6 - In child custody mediation, creative solutions, finely tailored to the parties and the child/children are readily crafted; litigated child custody disputes are decided in black and white terms.

Reason #7 - Couples who handle their child custody disputes in mediation, usually return to mediation for future dispute and vice versa- start your child custody disputes in litigation and you may be litigating over the child/children for life- KER-CHING!

Reason #8 - KER-CHING!!! Child custody battles cost the big bucks! Just call a child custody lawyer and ask how much of a retainer he or she will charge for a child custody case. Then ask the lawyer to give you a range of the total fees and costs for a litigated child custody battle.

Reason #9 - What kind of example do you set for your child/children by handling a dispute with a battle vs. handling a dispute with calm, considered negotiations in a non-hostile manner?

Reason #10 - In child custody litigation nobody wins. The only way to win, is not to play. Choose child custody mediation to resolve your Maryland child custody disputes.