If Mediation services are requested, an initial meeting will be scheduled with both parties present. If both parties are already represented by attorneys, mediation may also be coordinated between the Mediator and the parties’ attorneys. Unless coordinated through the parties’ attorneys, no preparation other than an intake form is requested for the first meeting.
The first meeting will begin with an explanation of the mediation process, the roles of the mediator and parties (and their attorneys, if applicable), and entering into an Agreement to Mediate. Once an Agreement to Mediate is signed, we will schedule future meetings at which we will identify the issues that need resolution, discuss the collection and/or sharing of information, and develop options for resolution. The parties should allow two hours for each session. The number of sessions will depend upon the number of issues and the extent of the differences between the parties.
In Mediation, I work with the parties to facilitate communications and assist the parties in developing options for settlement and working toward a resolution of some or all of the issues between them. The role of the Mediator is to be a neutral facilitator of discussion (not representing either party). I can provide legal information but cannot provide legal advice to either party, and so it is recommended that each party also has a separate attorney as well. As a Mediator, I do NOT dictate a settlement because any settlement is an agreement reached between the parties.
If the parties reach a settlement, I will either prepare a memorandum of the settlement terms or a formal marital settlement agreement between the parties. If the parties ask me to prepare the formal marital settlement agreement, I will require that they each retain an attorney to review the agreement and answer any questions they may have prior to signing it.
If mediation is a process that you and your partner believe would best meet your needs and goals, or if you are not sure and would like to inquire more about the process of mediation, please contact or call Towson Mediator Cynthia Batchelder at 410-357-1422 and we will schedule the initial meeting.