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Maine Divorce Laws

Maine has following divorce laws:

Residency

According to Maine divorce laws, a person can file a complaint for divorce after meeting the residency requirements of the state only:
  • The plaintiff has resided in good faith in this State for 6 months prior to the commencement of the action, or
  • The plaintiff is a resident of Maine and the parties were married in the State, or
  • The plaintiff is a resident of this State and the parties resided in this State when the cause of divorce accrued, or
  • The defendant is a resident of this State. The divorce may be filed in the county in which the parties reside
If the petitioner is found residing in the state being a member of the US army, his request should not be denied even if s/he doesn’t meet the residency requirement.

Documents Required for Filing Divorce

Under the Maine divorce laws, the essential documents for finalizing the divorce process include:
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Judgment of Divorce
These documents are also usually filed:
  • Confidential Family Matter Summary Sheet
  • Affidavit Concerning Child Custody
  • Financial Statement
  • Entry of Appearance
  • Marital Settlement Agreement.

Distribution of Property

As Maine is an "equitable distribution" state, according to Maine divorce laws, the distribution of property is on equal (fair) basis. If the spouses are unable to reach a settlement, the divorce court will announce its own decision.

Change of Name or Restoration of Name

Maine divorce law allows both the spouses to take up the pre-marriage names if s/he requests for it.

Mediation Counseling

When final verdict of divorce is about to be announced, one party asserts that there are irreconcilable marital differences and the opposing party contradicts that claim, the divorce court orders both the spouses to receive counseling by a qualified professional counselor. The counselor may be selected by court or by the choice of either party.

Alimony

According to Maine divorce laws, court awards alimony by referring each and every case individually. When divorce is finalized, the court may grant an order if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance doesn’t possess any property and require financial support.

Child Custody

Child custody is an issue to be solved by parents. If they fail to do so, the court shall make an award of child custody that shall apply the standard of the best interest of the child. In making decisions regarding the child's residence and parent-child contact, the court shall consider primarily the safety and well-being of the child.

Child Support

According to Maine divorce laws, child support guidelines are based on the Income Shares Model.

Contact a professional divorce attorney or divorce lawyer for comprehensive divorce laws information in your state.

 
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