Family Law Services in Harpswell
We serve all types of family law clients, including traditional divorces, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. The Maine Divorce Group has helped numerous people in a variety of issues, such as:
The legal status of a relationship is symbolized by marriage. When a married couple decides to end their marriage, they must follow the formalities of dissolving it.
Unfortunately, this is not as simple as it may sound. Decisions and compromises will be required in terms of property, children, and assets.
Since these are serious concerns that may have a significant influence on the rest of your life and your children’s, many people seek assistance from a family law firm that is well-versed in Maine’s laws.
There is no such thing as a quick and easy divorce in Maine, but there are ways to make it less stressful and expensive.
Divorce mediation is one of the most successful methods for couples to work through their differences amicably. Because of its success in resolving family law concerns and keeping divorce proceedings out of court, Maine has long encouraged mediation as an alternative dispute resolution approach.
Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Maine
Parents are still responsible for raising their children, providing for their physical, mental, and emotional needs after separation.
The term “child custody” is no longer used in Maine family law and has been replaced with “parental rights and responsibilities”.
The laws might be difficult to understand and get used to for parents, but if you remember to put the child’s best interests first at all times, it will make things a lot easier for everyone involved.
In Maine, parents have a legal obligation to financially support their children until the age of 18 or they graduate high school (whichever comes last).
So, if the court needs to decide about parental rights and responsibilities during a divorce, a child support order may be issued at the same time.
Spousal support may or may not be required in every divorce. The demands of the recipient, the payor’s income and financial status, and the length and duration of the marriage all play a role in determining if and how much spousal support will be paid.
Maine considers the policy of “equitable distribution” when dividing property in a Maine divorce. Community property states, like Maine, try to allocate a couple’s property between spouses as evenly as possible.
It is crucial that your property is appropriately classified so that you can keep what is yours, or classified as non- marital property, and that you can receive what is equitable under the law.
If you have parental rights and are given custody of your children, relocating might not be as simple. It’s crucial that you speak with a knowledgeable Maine family law attorney if you’re thinking about moving.
Your lawyer will be able to tell you what your rights and responsibilities are in connection with the move and make sure that you follow all the required steps.
The Maine family law courts discourage post-judgment changes to court orders, but they do so with a degree of flexibility. They are not accomplished automatically or right away.
Both parties must continue to comply with the terms of the existing order until it is granted by the court.
Our post-judgment modification lawyers at The Maine Divorce Group can assist you in applying to the court for a judgment that reflects the current state of affairs or filing a motion to enforce an existing family law judgment.
While divorce is not a light decision to take it is also not something to jump right into with being well prepared. There are a number of things to consider discussing with an expert before filing for divorce that could affect the outcome between you, your spouse, and children, if they live in your household. You may need to consider:
With the assistance of an experienced lawyer, your preparation can increase the chances of outcomes in your favor. Some points recommended by our law firm before filing for divorce are: