Dealing with Maine family law matters can seem overwhelming both emotionally and legally. Whether you are facing a divorce, a child custody battle, or are fighting for your rights as a father in Maine, a qualified Maine family law lawyer is ready to help you. Our team can provide you with the family law assistance that you need no matter the family law-related issue you face. You deserve family law assistance from an experienced Maine family law attorney. Do not hesitate to contact our team of professionals today.
The laws governing divorce proceedings are different for each state. In Maine, a divorce can be obtained based on one of two legal grounds. Either the divorce is a no-fault divorce, meaning that the divorce is not really the fault of either of the spouses but rather is the result of irreconcilable differences that cannot be repaired, or the divorce is based on the fault of one of the spouses. Divorces based on fault are based on evidence that a spouse committed adultery or neglect, has been exceedingly cruel to his or her spouse, or is a habitual abuser of drugs or alcohol.
When getting divorced, there are a number of additional issues that will need to be resolved as part of the divorce. For instance, alimony, child support and custody, and the division of marital property are all Maine family law issues, in addition to filing for and specifying the grounds for your divorce, that will require the assistance of an experienced Maine divorce attorney. Contact a member of our Maine divorce help team today.
Maine Child Support
When you have children and are involved in a family law matter, such as a divorce or a paternity matter, the issue of child support might arise. It is important that parents provide financial support for their children. The Maine family court uses a set of child support guidelines when making a child support determination after a divorce or separation of the child’s parents. The calculation is based on a number of factors, some of which include the parents’ child custody arrangement and parenting time schedule, the number of children that require support, each parent’s income and earning potential, as well as whether each parent has other child support obligations (for instance a child from a different relationship). Each child support situation is unique, and may require modification if there is a change in circumstances, for example, if the paying parent receives a promotion, demotion or loses his or her job; becomes remarried; or has additional children, these life changes may warrant a modification in a child support obligation.
Maine Child Custody
Maintaining a relationship with your child is important to you, and we understand that. You want to spend as much time as possible with your child, but sometimes child custody awards don’t reflect your deepest wishes. Our team can help you obtain the best possible child custody arrangement based on your particular situation. Maine child custody is either awarded as joint custody or sole custody. Like many other states, child custody is based on what will be in the best interests of the child. The court considers many things when determining what is in the child’s best interests, including how old the child is, the child’s preferences, the child’s relationship with each parent, whether the custody award would result in the child having a new living situation and/or school, the stability of the child’s current living situation, and whether either parent has a history of child abuse, neglect or domestic violence. Reach out to our team for any assistance you might need with Maine child custody advice or help.
Maine Fathers’ Rights
Maine family law courts are part of the fairly progressive New England courts that have placed importance on giving fathers a significant place in the lives of their children after a divorce or as the result of child custody disputes. That is not to say that the fight for Maine fathers’ rights is easily won. You’re a good dad, and you deserve the time you want to have with your kids. Our team can help you get the time with your children that you want them to have. Contact us today so that we can help you protect your rights as a father.
There are many different issues that family law in the state of Maine covers, including, but not limited to, divorce, child support and child custody. If you have questions or are in need of Maine family law help or advice, speaking with an experienced professional is critical to protecting and enforcing your rights.