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How It Works

When it is difficult for you to talk on your own, mediation is simply a way for you both to get some help to have the conversations you need to have. It’s voluntary. It’s confidential. It’s brief. It will help you address the issues you need to resolve in order to separate and/or divorce, including parenting, support, and the division of your assets.

How Does It Work?

We begin with an orientation session where we’ll explain the divorce mediation process to you and answer your questions. You’ll get a chance to meet us. If you would like to proceed, then in subsequent sessions we will guide you through all the issues involved in a separation or divorce. We’ll help you have the difficult but necessary conversations you need to have. With our help, you’ll clarify the issues and explore your options. Then you will be able to evaluate which ones best serve both of your needs and interests so that you can reach agreements that work for both of you. We will draft your agreements in a memorandum of understanding that becomes the basis for the document that needs to be filed in court.

How Do We Get Started?

To find out if mediation is appropriate for you, please call to schedule a one-hour orientation session. This will give you the chance to meet us, understand how we work, and get your questions answered so you can decide if mediation with us is the way you and your partner will choose to work things out.

How Long Does It Take?

Mediation varies in length depending on the complexity of the issues involved and the readiness of the couple. While it can take as little as three sessions, the average length of time it takes to reach an agreement is five to seven sessions. Mediation is time-limited; it does not drag on indefinitely.

What is the Cost of Mediation?

Fees for separation or divorce mediation are charged on an hourly basis and no retainer is taken. While the cost of mediation varies depending upon the complexity of issues, they are significantly less than the cost of litigation. (For a comparison of the costs of separation or divorce, click here).

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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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