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Mediation Services
The mediator provides a calm, neutral setting for clients to discuss their differences and work towards shared solutions to their problems.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process whereby people come together with a neutral professional – the mediator – to identify and clarify their issues, discuss their needs and potential options for addressing those needs, and attempt to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. It is a lower-cost alternative to filing and litigating a court case. Mediation is voluntary and confidential. What is said in mediation stays in mediation. The mediator does not make any decisions for the participants. Instead, the mediator ensures that the process is fair and that all participants have an opportunity to express their concerns and offer options. The mediator does not and cannot offer legal advice to the participants, however, the mediator may provide legal information and may make suggestions that have helped other people in similar situations in the past. The mediator assists the participants in exploring various possible solutions to their issues. Creativity is encouraged. Many times participants arrive at creative solutions that are far beyond the ability and authority of the court to order. Participants decide whether to reach an agreement and, if so, they formulate the specific terms of their agreement. Their agreed upon terms serve to define their rights and obligations with respect to one another and, in many cases, their children.
Mediation Services
A Unique Opportunity
Participants do not give up their legal rights by going to mediation. In the event that they do not reach an agreement in mediation, they are free to pursue their respective cases in court as though no mediation had occurred. However, mediation offers a unique opportunity for people to sit down and discuss their issues and disagreements in a professional setting.

If an agreement is reached in mediation, the mediator typically summarizes the points of agreement in a written outline called a “Memorandum of Understanding” or “MOU.” Each participant receives a copy of the MOU. Although not required, each participant is encouraged to have an attorney of his or her choice review the MOU prior to signing it or having its terms incorporated into a written signed Agreement.

Ms. McCann recognizes the importance and benefits of mediation in resolving civil disputes whenever possible. She has special training and experience mediating family law matters such as divorce, custody, child support, alimony, property division, guardianship, estate matters, and many other issues specific to the individual and the family. She is frequently court-appointed to mediate family law cases that have been filed in court. She is a strong proponent of the mediation process and believes it is one of the best ways for people to come together in a mature way to resolve their own issues. She has been successful in assisting countless clients in resolving very difficult and emotionally charged disputes out of court.


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Kathleen Duckett McCann, Esq.
Office: (410) 827-5622
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