Maryland Family Mediation

Divorce, Elder and Family Mediation Services 

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Family Mediation Resources

This page contains links to some of our articles and presentations as well as helpful resources for families going through separation and divorce or other life transitions.


We're published!! Mediation for Estate Planners: Managing Family Conflict was published by the American Bar Association,  Summer 2016 and contains Ellen's chapter, "A Mediator's Perspective:  Situations Mediators May Face".

We are thrilled to announce that Ellen Kandell is now certified by the
International Mediation Institute.  She is one of six mediators in Maryland to have achieved this designation.  A digest of comments by mediation participants who Ms. Kandell has served is at this link.

Ellen is the co-chair of the Certification Committee for the Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution beginning October 2016.

"Quite a Hefty Price Tag: The Cost of Conflict", 270Inc., March-April 2012

"Conflict Resolution"
  was published in the newsletter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness in June 2011.

Excellent article on use of medition for elder care family issues in
The Washington Post, December 14, 2010.

Ellen Kandell was elected as President of the
Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution at its annual meeting on December 7, 2010.  MCDR is the oldest professional dispute resolution organization in Maryland.

See our latest article and blog entry

Ellen Kandell will be presenting a workshop at the Maryland Foster Care Court Improvement Project Child Welfare Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Conference on December 15th, 2010 in Linthicum, Maryland.

"Negotiate to Get What You Want, So Everybody Wins" in Women in Higher Education, based on our presentation at Purdue University in September 2010.


Charter 100, “Conflict Resolution for Business Owners”, June 19, 2012

ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, “Listening and Neuroscience”, April 20, 2012

George Washington University Women’s Leadership Conference, “Negotiate”,  March 30, 2012

Society for Toxicology Annual Conference, “Negotiation for Scientists”, March 13, 2012

Montgomery County Department of Economic Development, "Negotiation Skills for Business Owners", B2B Series, March 17, 2011

National Alliance on Mental Illness, "How Mediation Helps Families", February 16, 2011

Collaborative Dispute Resolution Professionals,"Brain based Listening: Building Collaborative Listening Skills", November 22, 2010, Rockville, MD
"Problem solving Skills to Build Collaboration in Families", Fannie Mae, September 15, 2010

"Listening Skills for Collaborative Practice Professional", Annapolis Collaborative Practice Group, October 11, 2010


Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, MACRO is a nationally recognized leader in the dispute resolution community. MACRO is a small statewide office which has pioneered the use of collaborative processes in government agencies, private business and the juvenile and criminal justice systems in Maryland.


Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution

The first and oldest professional organization of dispute resolution professionals in Maryland.

A private mediation and referral organization with valuable resources about mediation and mediators.

Divorce and Family Law

Maryland Judiciary Domestic Relations Forms


A Layperson’s Guide to Divorce in Maryland by Jack Shapiro

Family Law Hotline and Women's Law Center 

Child Support

Child support guidelines worksheet


Child support guidelines software 



National Family Resiliency Center, Inc.

Family Connex-web based program

Parental Alientation Awareness Organization

Support group for separated and divorced men and women


Parents without Partners


Parent Encouragement Program, an excellent parenting education program offering classes in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


Law Related Links

Self help legal information site, People’s Law


Tax information

Tax implications of separation and divorce


Introductory material for IRS Publication 504

Other federal government web sites

Federal retirement system


Social Security Administration

College Financial Aid and financial planning


Financial aid information for post secondary education


Life Insurance for federal government employees


Public School Information


Montgomery County Public Schools


Anne Arundel County Public Schools


Baltimore City Public Schools


Baltimore County Public Schools

Howard County Public Schools


Frederick County Public Schools


District of Columbia Public Schools


Local Government agencies

Montgomery County Commission for Women


Howard County Commission for Women


Frederick County Commission for Women




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