Last Thursday was National Conflict Resolution Day.
Cecil County Family Support Services took advantage of the opportunity to educate the public about mediation services available to resolve conflicts before they reach a courtroom.
Family Support Services Coordinator Nolanda Kirby was outside of the Circuit Court building to answer questions and pamphlets were available.
The mediation is designed to resolve a case before it heads to court. That serves two purposes, Kirby says. First, cases such as those involving child custody can be agreed upon without subjecting children to a courtroom. Second, mediation helps reduce congestion in the court system.
Kirby said Family Support Services is starting a Civil Mediation Program. Training begins in January.
There is a fee for mediation services. In family law cases, the fee is $100 per hour to be shared by all parties. In other cases the fee depends on the type of mediation service needed. Some people may qualify for a fee reduction depending on income.
Anyone seeking referrals to mediation can call Kirby at 410-996-1157.