The Law Office of John Lemieux is the Portland-based private practice of family law and mediation attorney with more than 35 years of legal experience. John Lemieux helps clients navigate the process of probating and administering an estate. He also provides estate planning services and assists in preparing wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for general and health care purposes. The Law Office of John Lemieux's other focus areas includes family law mediation, divorce, and civil litigation.
12 Revere Street, Portland, ME 04103
Portland, ME 04103
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.
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.