Ms. Markham offers mediation services to represented and unrepresented parties in the midst of a family law dispute.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which a trained neutral, a "mediator," helps people in a dispute to communicate with one another, to understand each other, and if possible, to reach agreements that satisfy everyone's needs. In mediation, you speak for yourself and make your own decisions. A mediator will not make decisions for you. Mediation is a confidential process.

What are some of the benefits of mediation?

  • Agreements made in mediation come from the participants, not the mediator
  • If you do not reach an agreement or develop a solution that works for everyone, you can still have your case handled by the Court or resolved in another manner
  • You can't "lose" in mediation
  •  In mediation, a third party does not make decisions for you and your family.
  • Mediation may save you time and money
  • Mediation provides an opportunity for you to say what's important to you and hear the other person's perspectives
  • Mediation may help you reach creative, customized solutions that work for both parties
  • Mediation may help improve relationships

A mediator does not represent either party and can provide legal information, but cannot provide legal advice.
(Information made available by the Maryland Judiciary Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO)