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People often turn to mediation when they are otherwise unable to discuss issues civilly and find themselves at an impasse. When dealing with divorce, emotions are raw and high and you’re often also helping children with divorce. Add property division and the cost of divorce, and the stresses on you can seem overwhelming.

The Cost of Mediation in Washington, D.C.

One stressor that can be managed right away is the cost. Compared to litigation or collaborative law, the cost of mediation is on average much less – on average $6,000 – $7,000 compared to $20,000 – $25,000 for the alternatives.

Child Custody Mediation

Children dealing with divorce are especially vulnerable. You desperately want your children to weather the situation and move forward with life. The long-term research on divorce suggests that while divorce causes distress in children, it need not cause disorder. Divorce is painful for children, but it need not damage them. By working through child custody mediation, you avoid the conflicts that can cause damage and your children start the healing process sooner.

Gay Divorce and Lesbian Divorce in Washington, D.C.

Dissolving a gay or lesbian domestic partnership or legally-recognized marriage often requires resolving the same issues as heterosexual couples but without the same legal safety net that guarantees rights. In the DC area, the relevant laws and rights differ significantly depending on whether a couple resides in Maryland, DC, or Virginia. We specialize in facilitating the divorce mediation process for gay and lesbian couples, including child custody mediation and property division.

Business Mediation in Washington, D.C.

Whether you’re dealing one-on-one with an employee grievance, struggling with a dispute over discrimination related to race, age, disabilities, or sexual harassment, our business mediation process can help you toward a solution. As with divorce mediation, business mediation is structured to focus on the issues keeping the parties apart and find a resolution that avoids litigation.

Mediation Training Maryland

Imagine a career helping others through some of the most difficult moments and decisions of their lives. That’s what a mediator does. Training as a mediator is available through our five mediation workshops in Bethesda, Maryland.

We have been training mediators for more than 25 years. Since 1984, we have trained thousands of attorneys, therapists, social workers, managers and others in mediation skills. Participants regularly tell us that this is some of the best professional training they have ever received.

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Mediation Matters provides mediation services with flexible hours, a co-mediation team, and lower costs. Mediation Matters has also provided skilled training of mediators for more than 30 years. We serve the Washington D.C. area, Maryland, and Northern Virginia communities, including Montgomery County, Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Boyds, Cabin John, Chevy Chase, College Park, Darnestown, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Garrett Park, Germantown, Glen Echo, Greenbelt, Kensington, Laurel, North Bethesda, Olney, Poolesville, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Wheaton, Prince George’s County, District Heights, Fort Washington, Largo, Temple Hills, Upper Marlboro, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Reston, Shirlington, and Vienna.
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