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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.


Due to the COVID-19 virus, Nancy Caplan, Esquire is offering mediation via video-conferencing. Please email or call 410-296-2190 for details. The March 19, 2020 Divorce Mediation Seminar is cancelled until further notice.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Nancy Caplan, Esquire is scheduling video-conference 30 minute consultations at no charge to prospective couples facing separation, divorce or custody matters. Both parties must participate in the consultations. All consultations must be arranged via joint email with both parties to

Child Support Mediation: Avoid costly litigation relating to Child Support for the Children. The Maryland Child Support Guidelines and other calculator tools available were designed to help co-parents avoid unnecessary attorneys’ fees and the negative intrusion of litigation into the co-parenting relationships. In addition, Child Support mediation is a sensible forum to address review of previously agreed or court-ordered Child Support. As the Children grow many issues may arise which require a review of Child Support. For example, if a party has changed employment, if physical custody of the Children has changed, or if the Children’s financial needs have changed, reviews of Child Support may be necessary. If so, mediation is a natural choice to address these issues. Parents are usually the best judges of the needs of their Children. Mediation provides the controlled setting to discuss Child Support.

Mutual Consent Divorce: Wait no longer to put your divorce behind you. If you have no minor Children together parties may consensually agree to move forward to the next stages of their respective lives without a waiting period. Mutual Consent Divorce requires the parties have a written settlement agreement, and an attorney-mediator can assist you in drafting your agreement for each party’s independent attorney review. Let Nancy Caplan help you move forward with the Agreement needed to arrive at your new future, quickly and cost-effectively.

Child Custody Mediation: Choose a cost-effective and private negotiation over a costly, public trial. Many judges will refer your child custody disagreement to mediation, so starting in mediation puts you a step ahead. If you cannot agree in mediation, you will have fulfilled your mediation requirement. Child Custody works best when parties may the hard choices themselves. Set the Children’s overnight schedules, determine holiday sharing and establish vacation rights in a confidential, personal setting. Let Nancy Caplan assist you to a peaceful co-parenting future.

Alimony Mediation: Alimony awards vary greatly from county to county and judge to judge. The uncertainty of the possible outcomes can give rise to great conflict. The higher the conflict the greater is the need for mediated intervention. Address sensitive alimony issue in the privacy of mediation, with or without your own independent attorneys’ present. Crunch the numbers, explore the realities with your experienced Mediator to arrive at a fair Alimony agreement. If you are personally involved in Alimony negotiations through mediation you will probably gain greater insight and understanding into your own finances and budgeting plan. The many challenges of sharing income after separation and divorce can be aggravating but adding in costly litigation expenses can make the situation worse rather than better. Mediate your Alimony matters to preserve precious family financial resources for the family.

Marital Settlements and Parenting Agreements: It is difficult to envision your futures until agreement is reached. This is why waiting and winding through the court system can be not only expensive but frustrating and stressful. Life tends to be in a holding pattern until the rights and obligations of the parties are addressed. Even parties who are cooperative with each other can feel anxious about a legal situation which has no written terms. Don’t live with more uncertainty. Commit to resolve the issues of your separation, divorce or co-parenting arrangement in a way that is fair and practical. Life is unpredictable and feelings and circumstances can change. If you have not committed to a plan of resolution, there is more room for the unknown and therefore more conflicts. Resolve to resolve your disputes through a mediated Marital Settlement Agreement or Parenting Plan.