The following services and programs are available to the Circuit Court for Talbot County:
Co-Parenting Education Seminar
The Talbot County Circuit Court, in family law actions involving divorce, custody, visitation or child support, may order the parties to attend an educational seminar (MD Rule 9-204). The purpose of the seminar is to minimize the disruptive effects of separation and divorce on the lives of children.
Cooperative Co-Parenting: Held at Futures for Families, 29466 Pintail Drive, Suite 10, Easton, MD 21601 (Behind Walmart). The seminar is a six-hour course held over two evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm. Contact Lynn Gurley, Program Coordinator, at 410-924-7447 for dates, times, and to register for a class. You must pre-register to attend.
UptoParents.org and Proudtoparent.org
In addition to the educational seminar, the Court may order the parties to complete web work at UptoParents.org and Proudtoparent.org. This is a website that reinforces what is taught in the seminar and aides parents in focusing on their children during this time of transition. UptoParents.org is geared towards divorcing and separated couples while ProudtoParent.org is for never married couples that are working out custody and visitation.
Supervised Parent-Child Time and Monitored Exchange Program
The Circuit Court for Talbot County has recently opened a new supervised visitation and monitored exchange program also at Futures for Families, 9466 Pintail Drive, Suite 10, Easton, MD 21601.
Supervised access takes place when the court determines a needed for guided contact with one of the parents, or it is necessary to establish or reestablish a parent/child relationship.
Safe custody exchange takes place when the court determines the transfer of children for visitation or a period of temporary custody must be completed in a safe, neutral location and where the parents do not have direct contact with one another during the exchange.
Hours of Parent-Child Time and Monitored Exchanges:
Every Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm
Alternate Fridays 5:30-7:30 pm
Alternate Sundays 1:00-3:00 pm& 3:00-5:00 pm
A court order must be entered to utilize the Parent-Child Time & Monitored Exchange programs.
Both parents must contact the Futures for Families Center and complete an intake before visits or exchanges may occur.
Intake Fees $25.00 per parent (one time fee)
Visits $30.00 per visit (paid by the visiting parent)
Exchanges $5.00 per exchange (paid by each parent)
To contact the Parent-Child Time or Monitored Exchange Programs call 443-786-3814, Brenda Ramage, Program Coordinator. Calls will be returned only during the hours the center is opened for business.
Pro Se Litigants Family Law Program
Dedicated family law attorneys selected by the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service offer legal advise about domestic issues involving divorce, custody, visitation, and modification of child support to income eligible parties
Hours: Mondays 9 a.m. to Noon, south wing of the Courthouse
Custody/Visitation Mediation Program
When the Court determines that custody/visitation is an issue in a case, the parties can be ordered to attend mediation with a court appointed mediator. Parties are ordered to attend two, 2-hour sessions, with the assigned mediator. If an agreement is reached, the mediator will draft a parenting plan which is forwarded to the parties and their attorneys.
Mediation fees are $200.00 per person for the entire 4 hours of mediation. A list of Court appointed mediators can be obtained by contacting the Family Services Coordinator at 410-770-6806.
Family Services Fee Waivers
If you are ordered to services by the court, and you are not able to pay, you may ask the court to waive those fees. To obtain a Request for Family Services Fee Waiver you may go to the Clerk of the Court, located in the Talbot County Circuit Court Building’s North Wing or by contacting the Family Services Coordinator at 410-770-6806.