In a Maryland divorce, the parties have the opportunity to participate in mediation. In fact, most cases resolve by a settlement rather than a full trial. It’s important for a party to understand the mediation process in order to make the process effective.
How to make mediation effective for discussing mediation
When a party pursues mediation & collaborative law, it’s an opportunity for flexibility in the visitation order. The parties are able to make a court order that is either very generic or specific. They may include details about how child exchanges are to occur, what extra-curricular activities the children participate in or how to address special needs for the children. These details are things a court may not include in a standard order that results from trial. A party can work with their attorney to understand what terms parents typically address in visitation orders and what unique circumstances may be appropriate to address in their case.
Flexibility in divorce mediation
At mediation in collaborative divorce, a party should arrive with a list of things that are most important for them as well as other areas where they have more flexibility. They should think through things that the other party is likely to ask for and how they may respond to these requests. In some cases, it may be the most appropriate for the parties to make a generic order that allows for changes going forward. A party should know what is most important for them and where they are able to compromise.
When you understand how to approach mediation for visitation, you may be able to prepare to use the mediation session effectively. Be prepared to discuss a range of issues including a visitation schedule and transportation for visitation. In addition, the parties might use the mediation session to draft a detailed order that is specific to the circumstances surrounding the children. An attorney could assist you in order to pursue a visitation order that protects your interests and reflects the best interests of the children.