M e d i a t e - n e t
Maryland's On-Line Mediation Service: mediation anytime, anyplace

Back to Family Law Information Center Contents

[Home Icon][What's New Icon][TOC Icon][Feedback Icon][Search Icon]
|
Home | What's New |Contents | Feedback | Search |

 

Rule S73A. Mediation of Child Custody and Visitation Disputes in MD


a. Scope of Rule

This Rule applies to any cases under this subtitle in which the custody of or visitation with a minor child is in issue, including an initial action to determine custody or visitation, an action to modify an existing order or judgment as to custody or visitation, and a petition for contempt by reason or non-compliance with an order or judgment governing custody or visitation.

b. Duty of Court

(1) Promptly after an action subject to this Rule is at issue, the court shall determine whether::

(a) both parties are represented by counsel;

(b) mediation of the dispute as to custody or visitation is appropriate and would likely be beneficial to the parties or the child; and

(c) a properly qualified mediator is available to mediate that dispute.

(2) If counsel for a party or a child represents to the Court in good faith that there is a genuine issue of physical or sexual abuse of the party of child, and that, as a result, mediation would be in apprpriate, the court shall not order mediation.

(3) If the court concludes that mediation is appropriate and feasible, it shall enter an order requiring the parties to mediate the custody or visitation dispute. The order may stay some or all further proceedings in the action pending the mediation on terms and conditions set forth in the order.

 

[Home Icon][What's New Icon][TOC Icon][Feedback Icon][Search Icon]
|
Home | What's New |Contents | Feedback | Search |


Send comments on this web site to
info@mediate-net.org
Last Revised on December 10, 1996