|Where do I file my divorce papers in Maine?|
|Divorce papers may be filed in the District Court in the county where either party resides.|
|Will either of us be required to attend a court hearing?|
|In Maine, a Case Management Conference is usually held prior to the final divorce hearing. The Plaintiff will file a Certificate in Lieu of Case Management Conference requesting this preliminary conference requirement to be waived. The judge will review the divorce documents after they are filed and upon finding the parties are in agreement with regard to all divorce matters, may waive the Case Management Conference. The parties will still have to attend a short final divorce hearing.|
|What is considered to be the date of separation in Maine?|
|The term "separation date" refers to the date when the spouses stopped living at the same residence. However, Maine does not require the spouses to be separated prior to filing for divorce.|
|What are the Maine residency requirements for filing for divorce?|
A person seeking a divorce may file a complaint for divorce in the District Court if any of the following:|
|What are the grounds for filing for divorce in Maine?|
|In xxstatename, a divorce may be granted on the grounds of irreconcilable marital differences. 19-A M.R.S.A. § 902.|
|What are the basic steps to getting a divorce in Maine?|
The basic steps for filing your divorce are as follows:|
|How much is the filing fee in Maine?|
|The District Court filing fee in Maine is $120.00. Please note that the District Court Clerk's office typically charges an additional $5.00 to issue a .|
|What documents are included in the self-prepared Maine DivorceWriter package?|
If you select a Maine divorce without children, you are selecting the following forms:|
If you select a Maine divorce with children, you are selecting the non-children forms as well as Child Support Affidavit(s) and Child Support Worksheet(s).
|How long does it usually take to finalize a divorce in Maine?|
|In Maine, sixty (60) days must pass from the date the Complaint for Divorce was filed and the time a final hearing may be scheduled.|
|How do I serve my spouse with the divorce papers in Maine?|
The Plaintiff hand-delivers or mails a copy of the Complaint for Divorce, Family Matter Summons and Preliminary Injunction, and Child Support Affidavit - Plaintiff(if children are involved) to the Defendant. |
The Defendant completes an Acknowledgment of Receipt of Summons and Complaint, which the Plaintiff then files with the Clerk of the District Court.
|Do we have to be separated to get a divorce in Maine?|
|No, Maine state law does not require the spouses be separated in order to get a divorce.|
|Can I change my name in Maine divorce proceedings?|
|Yes, either party may change his/her name in Maine divorce proceedings. Either party may request to change his/her name to a former name requested or any other name requested. [19-A M.R.S.A. § 1051]|
|Does Maine require divorcing spouses and/or their child(ren) to attend a class or seminar on coping with divorce?|
|In Maine, divorcing spouses and/or their child(ren) are required to attend a class or seminar on coping with divorce only if the family law magistrate or judge orders them to do so.|
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|We already have a child support order issued by a judge. Will we be able to keep the same amount?|
|DivorceWriter provides the option to enter information regarding an existing child support order including the amount of support ordered and other identifying case information. Generally, you must also file a copy of already existing child support document(s) with the court.|
|What are the different types of custody in Maine?|
Maine recognizes three types of parental rights and responsibilities: shared, sole, and allocated rights and responsibilities.|
Shared parental rights and responsibilities means that most or all aspects of a child's welfare remain the joint responsibility and right of both parents.
Sole parental rights and responsibilities means that one parent is granted exclusive parental rights and responsibilities for all aspects of a child's welfare.
Allocated parental rights and responsibilities means that certain duties are divided between the parents. The parent allocated a particular responsibility has the right to control that aspect of the child's welfare. Each right and responsibility may be divided between parents exclusively to one parent, or proportionally between each parent. Examples include: the primary physical residence of children, the type and amount of parent-child contact, support, education, medical care, religious upbringing, etc.
|When can a child support order be modified in Maine?|
|A child support order may be modified in Maine upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances. [19-A M.R.S.A. § 2009]|
|What if my spouse and I have agreed to use a child support amount that is different from the standard amount set by the Child Support Guidelines?|
DivorceWriter shows the child support calculation under the guidelines using the Maine family support charts.|
The customer chooses whether to use the guideline calculation or to deviate from that calculation by entering a different child support amount. If the amount is a deviation from the basic support obligation, the customer will explain the reasons for the deviation in the Settlement Agreement. The court may grant less or more support if the evidence shows that the needs of the dependent(s) require a different level of support.
|How is child support calculated in Maine?|
|Child support is calculated in Maine by first determining the combined annual gross income of both parties. The combined annual gross income is applied to the child support table to determine the basic support entitlement for each child. [19-A M.R.S.A. § 2006]|