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“Mediation was a complete success. The agreement … was satisfactory for all of us.

I really wish Carl and Audrey were in the picture long ago.  Carl and Audrey… are absolutely brilliant at what they do. Having their expertise and insight was absolutely key in helping to put this issue to an amicable place and getting the kids out of the court system.

On another note- we were able to hash out the agreement WITH A FREAKING HUG- and I do not hug!”

Jenny Weiss, Harrisburg, PA.


“I have referred many difficult cases to Mediation Matters. Repeatedly, the end result has been a satisfied client and an out-of-court settlement.”

Anne Marie Jackson,
Partner, Ain & Bank, Washington, D.C.


“Easy to talk to Carl and Audrey. Always had time to explain things I didn’t understand.”
Bethesda, MD.


I felt that your systematic approach kept us on track and avoided emotionally charged situations. I did not know what to expect from the process, and at times felt frustrated that we did not jump right to what I considered ‘the real issues.’ But I came to realize that going through the steps of the process was critical for the ultimate success. I am so relieved that we avoided a battle in court. I have no doubt that that would have been a financial disaster for us, and worse, would have resulted in years of anger, resentment and pain for my daughter, my partner and myself. I feel that I have had to bend, but in ways that were not as difficult as I expected. And I feel very ready to start the next phase of the dissolution of this relationship, with a clear mind and conscience. Thanks for making this all happen – I haven’t been to any other mediators, but to enough counselors and other professionals to appreciate how good you are at what you do.”
Kathryn


“I have the highest respect for your skills as a professional mediator. Your gentle, intuitive assistance with the difficult process of dissolving my 27-year marriage was invaluable. You listened to and respected my thoughts and feelings. I felt as if I was held in a very supportive, protected space while being guided through my life changing transition. Thank you, Carl”
Jacqueline Audrey Martin


“In months of counseling sessions, we seemed to keep rehashing to same issues over and over. …You helped us make the decisions we needed to make. I sought lots of help and advice over the last five years. Finally, I feel peace. My load is lighter. Thank you!
I’ve already referred you to several of my friends.”
Laurie Rice
Bethesda, Md.


“Carl Schneider … did more for me than five years of lawyers and court battles in settling my divoce. I only wish I had done the mediation first: I would have saved thousands and years of negative emotions.”
Graham Hetrick
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


“Listens well.”
MD.


“Very difficult, but Audrey and Carl got us through everything.”
Manassas, VA.


*Expensive, but nothing compared to litigating. Also, they did a solid service working on issues outside of our sessions, but not charging for that work.
MD.


“Audrey was wonderful…”
Washington, D.C.


“As a lawyer in private practice, I rarely find a new method of resolving cases which leaves my client with a sense of satisfaction. But over the past few years, I have brought in Carl Schneider to conduct his unique form of “accelerated mediation.” With all financial information on the table and lawyers present for each party, Carl leads the divorcing couple through a two-day process that has settled 20 out of 21 cases. Clients leave the process with not only a prompt resolution of their divorce, but also with a sense of dignity and healing. Carl’s unique combination of talents is what makes this possible. He is an experienced mediator and knows domestic law. But he also freely draws on his clinical background to help the parties work through the emotional issues that often block settlement and enable them to find a sense of closure. Among local lawyers, he is known as the mediator who can settle even the most difficult cases.”
Carl Pedigo, JD
Family Law Attorney
Savannah, Georgia


“Excellent at working as a team through difficult subject matter.”
VA.


“We were at a complete communication impasse prior to mediation. I found the process with Carl and Audrey to be as effective as possible. We came out with a framework for moving forward. I have already made mention of Mediation Matters to friends in need”
Tom Dell’Omo, VA.


“Carl, I just want to thank you again for the invaluable help you provided to us Even though we didn’t ‘do’ our marriage very well, we did manage to handle our divorce- with your help – in a way that we can be proud of. You not only helped us with the disposition of our stuff, but also with our ‘stuff’ – the emotional baggage that needed to be jettisoned.
I came through this process feeling better about myself and about my husband than when we began. I never would have thought it possible that we did so much valuable work in so short a time. You will long be remembered for helping us take care of ourselves and our child – today, tomorrow, and for all of the tomorrows that we shall live.”
A. Mitchell


“Carl is exceedingly unbiased and fair. He asks insightful, focused questions that stimulate alternative options.”
Bethesda, MD.


“Thank you so much for your hard work, for making sure that we were aware of important issues that might otherwise have eluded us, and for providing support during some trying times.”
Washington, D.C.


“We used Carl 14 years ago, so we liked him enough to use him again after such a long period of time…”
MD.


“Superb. Carl and Audrey work very well as a team. They bring excellent skills and help bring the masculine and feminine aspect to the mediation process. They did an excellent job of assisting us in achieving our goals in a comfortable atmosphere. They kept our emotions controlled, which in turn, produced an excellent outcome for our family.”
Ericca Pearson


“I was skeptical going into mediation that the process would work for us, but we got through it and I am very satisfied with the process and results.”
Bethesda, MD.


“Carl was able to calm things down and get us to listen to each other, understand and come up with solutions that will work for us. And Audrey was wonderful. The best thing is that we can start our new single lives feeling like we ended things/settled things in a fair way. Much less anger and frustration than when we started! Hope there is no need to mediate anything else…but if there were I would definitely go back to them.”
Elizabeth, Washington D.C.


“Helped us to come to compromises that worked in both our interests. Helped us to actually ‘hear’ what the other was saying, but what we may have perceived the other to say.”
Upper Marlboro, MD.


“All participants are treated equally.”
Washington, D.C.


“They were able to help us see more clearly past the stumbling blocks that we came to the process with enabling us to come to a mutually satisfactory outcome.”
Chevy Chase. MD.


“Thank you for diligently and professionally working through the mediation process with us. With our mediated agreement, we can now focus on constructively moving forward instead of being caught up in the expensive and adversarial legal process we’ve endured for the past three plus years. You are top notch.”
Robert Simonds,
Chevy Case, Maryland


“The skills that made a decisive difference in our outcome was their knowledge of important issues concerning divorce matter…would definitely use Mediation Matters again.”
Sandy Spring, MD.


“His skill is much better than other mediators we talked with beforehand, and much better than our couples therapist!!”
Washington, D.C.


“Carl carries a calm demeanor, maintained even in the face of a client’s anger or hostility. He validates the needs and concerns of both parties.”
MD.


“For some disputes, trials will always be the only means, but for many claims we simply do not need trials by adversary contest. As we now practice it that system is too costly, too painful, too destructive and too ineffective. My submission is this: has the time not come for a careful, thoughtful, examination… of the whole litigation process under the common law system? We need the study to answer the question: is there a better way?”
Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger

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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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