What To Expect
Every mediator is a little bit different and choosing a mediator is an important step. You want to have faith and a sense of trust in your mediator. Rest assured Dave is fully trained and Court-approved and is Certified by the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution, one of the few nationally-recognized credentialing organizations.
Dave offers a free 30-minute orientation so you have a chance to meet him and decide if you think he can help without incurring any financial obligation. In the orientation he will explain mediation and answer any questions about the process. No fees are incurred unless you decide to proceed with mediation after the orientation. If you decide to use mediation, we can start immediately or schedule a future session. Sessions are typically two hours in length. The frequency and duration of your mediations are based on your needs.
If you are court-referred, we dispense with the orientation. However, we will explain how mediation works and answer any questions at the start of your first session.
We will discuss your circumstances to learn the areas of disagreement. You will be expected to express your differences in opinions and experiences. It will help to be open, honest, and willing to work to find a solution you can live with.
Dave Simison does not decide the outcome nor judge who is “right” and who is “wrong.” He may offer suggestions when requested, but does not provide legal advice or therapy. He encourages conversations to be clear, productive, and solutions-focused. He aims to improve communication and understanding so you feel empowered to make collaborative decisions that recognize your individual needs, interests, and concerns.
He will document your progress in mediation and help identify tasks to be done in between sessions. He may be able to provide you forms to complete to help with the mediation. His goal is to move forward productively and efficiently. He will provide a Memorandum or a Parenting Plan that documents your Points of Agreement.