What is Mediation?


What is Mediation?

Mediation is a type of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) in which a trained, impartial person, called a Mediator, helps people in a dispute communicate, understand each other, and reach an agreement (if possible).  Mediation is voluntary, confidential, and lets people involved in the dispute decide what solution works best for them.

What is Mediation?
Why Choose Mediation?

Litigation can be costly, time-consuming, and emotionally draining.  Confined by the Court's limited authority to rule and loaded daily dockets, often times creative solutions are overlooked and your time to be heard is cut-short. In the end, both parties are left unsatisfied, with residual, unresolved issues, and an accumulation of attorneys' fees owed.  

Mediation is an alternative to litigation and offers the following benefits not otherwise available through litigation:
  • Creative solutions

  • Control over outcome

  • Settlement is voluntary

  • Less formal

  • Discussion is encouraged

  • Mediator is engaged and focused on your issues, concerns, and demands

  • Mediation is confidential

  • Cost-Effective

  • Mediation dates are readily available

What does a Mediator do?

Mediators listen to each party with a neutral ear and help guide the parties to a resolution which is mutually agreeable.   The mediator will pose questions to each party aimed to provoke introspection and direct focus on solutions rather than problems.   If an agreement is reached, it is likely  that the mediator will prepare a written agreement to be signed by the parties. 

Is an Agreement mandatory?

No.  No one can be forced into an Agreement.  An Agreement is reached only when all of the participants are satisfied and agreeable to the terms of the Agreement.  Additionally, all participants are advised to seek legal representation to review the terms of the Agreement before signing the Agreement.  

What to Expect in Mediation?

How long is a Mediation?

The duration of your Mediation session will depend on whether your Mediation is Court-Ordered or Private, however, typically a single Mediation session will be no less than two (2) hours and no more than eight (8) hours per session.  

Who will be present?

All Mediations require both of the Parties and the Mediator to be in attendance.  If you are represented by an attorney, he/she may attend in certain circumstances.  No other individuals are permitted.

Where is Mediation located?

Starkey Law, LLC, offers Mediation in our office located in Prince Frederick, Maryland. Click here for directions to Starkey Law, LLC.  For anyone who is located outside of Calvert County, Maryland, we can travel to you - your Mediation will be in a secure, appropriate, confidential, and comfortable location convenient to your home base.   

Did you know - 70 to 80% of mediations end in agreement AND have a higher satisfaction rate compared to people who go to court instead.