Providing Mediation And References

A critical aspect of any divorce entails working through complex disputes. These disputes can center on support, custody, property division or any other potential disagreement. Divorce mediation is a way for couples to resolve disputes in a positive, constructive environment. Similarly, references provide an alternative to traditional trials which can often save parties time and money. At Lavoie Law, Margaret C. Lavoie provides both mediation and reference services, depending on what is needed in any given case.

From our Portland offices, Lavoie Law is prepared to represent clients throughout Maine. With more than 35 years of combined legal experience, our lawyers can represent clients through every aspect of the divorce process.

Divorce Mediation Might Be Helpful

At Lavoie Law, Margaret C. Lavoie is a mediator who assists parties in reaching resolution in their case. Attorney Lavoie will guide the process as a neutral mediator, facilitating discussion, and encouraging participation and compromise. When you need a mediator to help resolve challenging disputes, schedule a consultation at our firm.

As your mediator, however, we will not specifically represent either party. It is the job of the mediator to ensure the process moves forward and that both parties — with or without attorneys — respect the idea of reaching a compromise. Mediation is beneficial for numerous reasons, such as:

  • It provides a low-conflict, low-stress environment.
  • It is geared toward cooperation.
  • It is less costly than traditional litigation.
  • Both parties have a say in the ultimate resolution.

If you are facing challenging disputes in your divorce or other family matter, it is wise to seek the assistance of a skilled mediator. To learn more about how our firm can help you, schedule a consultation. We can be reached by phone or through email.


In addition to mediation, Attorney Lavoie has extensive experience as a court-appointed Referee.

With the many court filings, family law cases are taking considerably more time to reach resolution and costing parties more money. Lawyers and parties are turning toward "references" where the parties hire a "private judge," or Referee, to decide the issues in their case.

References can be scheduled to accommodate parties', witnesses', and attorneys' schedules. References are generally less adversarial than traditional court trials and more comfortable for clients.