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Law Office of John Lemieux

12 Revere Street, Portland, ME 04103
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The Law Office of John Lemieux is the Portland-based private practice of mediation attorney with more than 40 years of litigation experience. John Lemieux now exclusively provides mediation services in areas including family law, divorce, real estate, probate and other civil litigation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens when divorce mediation fails?

Mediation is a voluntary process, and both parties must put in the work for it to succeed. If either party stops working toward a compromise, the mediation can fail. And, it can also fail if the parties reach a point that they simply can't agree. In such cases, you might choose another course of action, such as arbitration or a court trial.

How does divorce mediation work?

Divorce mediation enables two parties to work together to come to decisions about their divorce with the guidance of a third-party mediator. The mediator may help to work through child custody, child support, property division, and other divorce matters. You'll need to pay the mediator for their services, which may be a cost you split. Be prepared to make a civil and calm case for your side of issues, but know that mediation is about coming to a compromise that works for both parties.

What should I expect in child custody mediation?

During a child custody mediation, the mediator will likely encourage each party to focus on the needs of the child or children. The parties work together to agree on custody. They typically won't discuss matters of child support, marital property, or other factors of the divorce—unless the mediation is for the whole divorce. If you are attending mediation, it is advised to come prepared to discuss what's in the best interest of your children and situation, but also be prepared to reach a compromise.

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