20 Hour Divorce Mediation Seminar: Property and Financial Issues


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Join the MSBA for the latest, all virtual presentation of 20 Hour Divorce Mediation Seminar: Property and Financial Issues on December 5th – 7th, 2023!



Cecilia Paizs

Trainer Cecilia B. Paizs, Esq., (Ceecee) has been providing mediation services since 2000 and has been providing mediation trainings since 2007. She provides mediation services in all areas of the law, as well as mediation training, representation of children, and parenting coordination services. 

The virtual training format includes small group exercises, discussions, simulations, and lectures. The training meets the requirements under Maryland Judicial Rule 9-205(c) for circuit court mediators, and will cover Maryland law regarding property and financial issues related to divorce and child support and other child related issues. 

Participants will explore the differences in financial and property issues in family mediation, review of financial statements, property distribution, QDROs and tax considerations. Ceecee will also address ethical questions in the practice of divorce mediation. Seating is limited to 30 registrants so don’t delay!

Twenty hours (including one hour of ethics) of CLE credit will be offered by the surrounding MCLE states.


Mandatory attendance policy

The MSBA appreciates the time and financial commitment required of every registrant. Because of the interdependency of each classmates’ participation in all lecture and role plays for this training to be its best for all participants, 100% attendance is required of each registrant. If there’s a scheduling conflict that occurs during the training that requires a registrant to miss any portion of the training, we’ll refund the registration fee and no certificate will be awarded. Again, we’ll refund the tuition for the training so that you will be able to register for a future training. We appreciate your consideration and understanding of this policy.

If you need accommodations for this event, please email cle@msba.org by November 2, 2023. 

Course Level
Professional Area of Focus
ADR and Mediation
Family Law
CLE Field of Study
Continuing Education Legal Credit
Regulatory Ethics
Cecilia Paizs
Event Information
December 5 - 7, 2023
8:30 am - 5:30 pm EST
Total CLE Credits


Day 1

8:30 am
Agenda – Day One

8:30 a.m.  Introduction of attendees, Mindfulness exercise
9:00 a.m. Review of Financial and property issues in Family Mediation – How it differs
9:30 a.m. Mediation Skills, Quick review

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Property and Financial issues

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Property and Financial Issues (cont)
1: 15 p.m. Demonstration and discussions of Opening Statement and the Orientation Session

1:45 p.m. The Financial Statement

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Prepare for Mediation Simulation #1

3:15 p.m. Mediation Simulation #1
(Child Support and other Child related issues)

4:15 p.m. Discussion of Simulation #1

4:45 p.m. Discussion of Simulation #1

5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Day 2

8:30 am
Agenda – Day Two

8:30 a.m. Property Distribution

9:30 a.m. Budget Considerations

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Prepare for Simulation #2 (Alimony)

10:45 a.m. Simulation #2 with Coach

11:45 a.m. Discussion of Simulation #2 in break out with Coach

12:15 Discussion of Simulation #2 with main group

12:45 p.m. Lunch

1:15 p.m. QDRO’s

2:15 p.m. Inclusive Model – Community Mediation Raising issues

2:45 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. Drafting MOUs and MOAs

4:00 p.m. Use of outside resources

5:00 p.m. Wrap up discussions and questions

5:30 p.m. Adjournment


Day 3

8:30 am
Agenda – Day Three

8:30 a.m. Prepare for Mediation Simulation #3 (Property Distribution)

8:45 a.m. Simulation #3 with Coach

9:45 a.m. Discussion of Simulation #3 – In break out room with Coach

10:15 a.m. Discussion of Simulation #3 with main group

10:45 a.m.  Break

11:00 a.m. Mindfulness again – Personality assessment results

12:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Asking questions – versus making statements – organizing issues

1:30 p.m. Tax Considerations – Red Flag Issues

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Prepare for Simulation #4

3:45 p.m. Discussion of Simulation #4 with main group

4:15 p.m. Ethics

5:15 p.m. Wrap up discussions – next steps

5:30 p.m. Adjournment




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