Laurie M. Wasserman is trained to serve as a mediator to help people resolve their family law disputes, including issues of child access, child support, alimony, and property disputes.
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process. In mediation, the mediator facilitates a discussion to help the parties reach a solution that meets their needs. If an agreement is reached, that agreement will be reduced to writing. If no agreement is reached, then the mediator cannot testify as to what was said during mediation. As a mediator, Laurie is neutral and cannot give legal advice to either party. It is helpful for parties to have their own lawyers.
There are many benefits to mediation. First, it can save time and money by getting the dispute resolved without having to go to court. While you can attend mediation with lawyers, you are not required to do so. You will, however; be asked to review any agreement reached in mediation with your own lawyer prior to signing.
If an agreement cannot be reached in mediation, the mediator cannot be subpoenaed to testify in Court. This gives parties the ability to take positions and make compromises that they may not otherwise take during litigation in the hopes of getting an issue resolved.
Another benefit to mediation is that it provides an opportunity to address what is important to you and your family. Many people prefer mediation to litigation because mediation allows you to control the outcome of your dispute. A mediated agreement can be much more detailed than a court order.
Finally, studies have shown that many people who use mediation do not return to court as often as those who litigate. Mediation gives people the choices, control, and voice they often do not get in court proceedings.
Laurie M. Wasserman has obtained certificates in general and family law mediation. Each mediation session lasts 2 hours and, depending on the issues, parties may need multiple sessions to reach a full agreement. For Baltimore mediation services, contact Laurie M. Wasserman to resolve your disputes in an amicable manner.