NF Karkowsky, Esquire

mediator attorney child welfare, custody, estate planning Maryland, Washington DC Northern Virginia

Focusing on the representation of children with disabilities and special education needs

1142 Kersey Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20902-3426

Tel: 301-649-5506
Fax: 301-649-5535

Mediation for Child Custody, Support, Child Welfare, Trusts and Estate Planning
in Maryland, Washington DC, Northern VA with help from an Attorney / Trained Mediator

Meet with a mediator & talk in a respectful way about your differences regarding issues affecting your child, his/her life, and yours. Everyone has an opportunity to hear and be heard in a safe and civil forum.

Why should you consider mediation?

    Mediation is cost-effective. A few informal mediation sessions might accomplish what more adversarial processes take months to achieve. Participants meet at a time and in a place that is agreeable to everyone. Lawyers may be involved, or maybe not.

    Mediation is less combative & should be less emotionally draining. The process facilitates communication, so participants can clarify areas of agreement & focus on resolving differences, often crafting a plan that resolves some, many, or all of the issues in dispute. That plan can be written down & filed in court. It becomes enforceable if everyone agrees it should be.

    Mediation is confidential. Except for limited exceptions, the conversation is not shared, so that there can be a full & open discussion.

    Mediation can be creative. You can craft a resolution that is unique to your situation & that works for you, even if it would not work for others.

Why should consider meeting with me as a mediator?

I have been an attorney & mediator for 15 years. My specialty as an attorney is child welfare law. I have conducted over 600 mediations in various matters including:

    ▪ child custody, visitation, & support
    ▪ marital property & financial issues
    ▪ child welfare
    ▪ personal injury
    ▪ workers' compensation
    ▪ trust and estates
    ▪ contracts
    ▪ EEO/workplace disputes

I am certified by the:

    ▪ Circuit Court for Baltimore City, MD;
    ▪ Circuit Court for Baltimore County, MD;
    ▪ Circuit Court for Prince George's County, MD;
    ▪ Circuit Court for Howard County, MD;
    ▪ Circuit Court for Montgomery County, MD;
    ▪ US Postal Service, greater metropolitan DC area;
    ▪ Better Business Bureau, Northern Virginia.