Rockville Attorney Guides You in Divorce Mediation

Avoiding a court battle reduces expense and stress

Maryland’s complex divorce laws make outcomes unpredictable. That’s why many Maryland divorcing couples choose divorce mediation as an alternative to litigation. At the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee in Rockville, we can help you decide if divorce mediation is a good option for you.

How the mediation process differs from traditional divorce

Four main elements distinguish the mediation process from traditional divorce litigation:

  • Setting — A traditional divorce takes place in a public courtroom, while mediation takes place in a private, neutral location.
  • The mediator — Instead of having a judge arbitrarily assigned to your case, you, your spouse and your respective attorneys select an impartial mediator.
  • Cost — Mediation usually is less expensive for both spouses.
  • Privacy — What happens during divorce mediation is confidential.

Divorce mediation addresses all of the issues involved with a traditional divorce — division of property, child custody, spousal support, child support and visitation. Many couples choose divorce mediation because they feel they have greater control over the outcome of these issues in mediation.

When divorce mediation makes sense

Divorce mediation works best when the couple is willing to cooperate to achieve an amicable divorce. If you believe you and your spouse can maintain a calm, businesslike attitude while discussing the arrangements for your divorce — including emotionally charged ones like child custody — then divorce mediation stands a good chance of working for you.

Mediation requires an attorney

A mediator can provide information about the law, but the mediator is not supposed to give you legal advice.  You and your spouse must each be represented by a divorce mediation lawyer at the mediation sessions.  Our Rockville attorney will protect your interests during the entire process.

How the mediation process works

Mediation sometimes requires multiple sessions, and each can last several hours. At the start of the process in a mediated divorce, you and your spouse will provide the mediator with key information, including:

  • Income
  • Debts
  • Assets
  • Living expenses
  • The number of children and their ages

The Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee in Rockville can help you assemble the documents and information you need to prepare for a divorce mediation.  Our attorney will protect your interests and the interests of your children.

Learn more about divorce mediation

Mediation is a useful tool for spouses who can maintain civility during a divorce. To talk to our lawyer, call 301-417-5351 or contact the Law Offices of Ellen L. Lee online today.