About Mediation

The Maryland Judiciary recognizes that in appropriate cases people may achieve more satisfactory outcomes in a less time consuming and less expensive manner by using mediation. Mediation provides an opportunity to resolve many disputes permanently and effectively and provides the courts with a mechanism to relieve overburdened dockets and help prevent disputes from escalating or continuing beyond a trial.

The More You Know...

Interested in mediation? Learn about what to expect.

What is mediation?

In mediation, a trained mediator helps people in conflict have a conversation, and, when appropriate, reach an agreement that meets everyone’s needs.  

What is the mediator’s role?

The mediator’s role is to:

  • manage the process in an impartial way
  • help people communicate
  • help people identify their needs and interests to find realistic solutions that meet their needs
What are mediation frameworks?

Different mediators have different approaches to their role as mediator. The common mediation models in Maryland can be found here.

Why should I try it?

Mediation is:

  • Voluntary, even if you are ordered to go, you decide if you want to continue the process
  • Confidential, the mediator will not share with anyone what happened in the mediation
  • Promotes Self-determination - you decide
  • May preserve relationships
What disputes are appropriate for mediation?
  • Family
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Parenting
  • Parent/Teen
  • Guardianship
  • Probate/Estate
  • Roommate/Housemate
  • Neighbor
  • Homeowner Association
  • School (student-to-student and parents and administration)
  • Individualized Education Program
  • Business
  • Workplace
  • Misdemeanor offenses
  • Prisoner Re-entry