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Uncontested divorce in Maine

A decision to end a marriage is never easy. Thinking about a divorce, each couple in Main should review the options available to them:

  • Contested dissolution. This type of breakup is deemed the most expensive and stressful one for both spouses. Contested divorce presupposes a couple having irresolvable disputes that can only be settled during various divorce hearings. For this purpose, the couple also needs to hire lawyers, which turns a dissolution into an extremely costly venture.
  • Uncontested divorce. This option is a much more desirable one for couples as it is quite cheap, fast, and less stressful. Having managed to reach a consensus, spouses do not necessarily have to hire a lawyer and just need their divorce to be finalized. This kind of dissolution is usually completed as soon as the waiting period of the state is over.

If you decide that an uncontested divorce is for you, it is crucial that you figure out how to deal with the paperwork that needs to be filed. This stage is extremely important as forms that were filled out incorrectly will definitely be rejected by the court. If you don’t want to lose your precious time searching for the documents and trying to figure out how to fill them out properly, use OnlineDivorcer.

We are among the pioneers of the online divorce market who have managed to help thousands of Maine couples to deal with their paperwork in a simple way. Working with us, you will get a full package of correctly prepared divorce forms chosen specifically for your personal case.

How does it work?

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Check eligibility for initiating a divorce process.

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Fill out our simple questionnaire.

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Download a complete package of documents, print them out, and submit for the court’s consideration.

Filing for divorce in Maine without a lawyer

Filing without an attorney? Here is what you need to do:

  • Check whether you meet the residency requirements of the state. In Maine, the spouse who initiates a divorce must have lived in the state for at least 6 months before filing.
  • Find and fill out all the necessary forms.
  • File the forms with the district court in the county of your residence and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve the paperwork to your spouse. In Maine, you can send the papers by certified mail or restricted delivery. Alternatively, you can hire a sheriff who will hand the paperwork directly to your spouse. Your ex-husband or wife will then have 21 days to file a response.
  • Wait until a case management or a pre-trial conference is scheduled and visit it to discuss your case with a family law magistrate and the judge. If you and your spouse are in full agreement on every divorce-related aspect, you might get your agreement approved during the conference.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Maine?

Do it yourself divorce seems like a good option for those who cannot afford to pay lawyers’ fees. But is it really the most efficient way to save money and get a dissolution? Let’s review the whole DIY process to answer this question:

  • Check the following: 1) whether you meet the residency requirements of ME; 2) if you and your ex are in a full agreement to be eligible for an uncontested dissolution.
  • Visit the official website of Maine to find all the useful information on divorce, as well as the forms that you have to fill out to submit to the court if such forms are available.
  • If you have kids together with your spouse, you also need to find child-related paperwork. Do not forget to check state guidelines in regards to custody and child support and whether there are mandatory parenting classes to attend.
  • Now you can fill out the forms. Make sure you understand the questions, and check all the unknown legal terminology to provide correct answers.
  • Proofread all your documents. This stage is important as if you make at least one mistake, you will not be able to submit the forms.
  • Also, please mind that there are always some fields in the documents that have to be filled out by the attorney (if there is one in the case) or a court clerk, so make sure you left them blank.
  • Print, sign, and file court papers. However, note that some forms can only be signed in front of a notary.
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Maine divorce forms

There are a lot of forms needed for a divorce to be finalized. We have prepared the list of the most frequently required ones for your review:

  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Social Security Number Disclosure Form
  • Summons and Preliminary Injunction
  • Child Support Affidavit

Maine divorce forms online

In order to get your Maine forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know

Filing

You have to file a Complaint for Divorce with the district court in the county of your residence. After that, you need to ask a sheriff to serve the documents on your soon-to-be ex. He or she then has 21 say to respond to the paperwork.

Residency Requirements

The Plaintiff must have lived in the state for at least 6 months prior to filing.

Waiting Period

The waiting period in the state is 30 to 90 days.

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Getting a divorce in Maine with a child

The divorce process is never easy. And if the couple has kids, they have even more issues to agree upon.

  • In ME, parents may get an allocated custody instead of a shared or a sole one. This implies that each parent will be responsible for making decisions regarding very specific aspects of life of their kids. For example, one spouse will decide on child’s education, while the other one – on the healthcare aspects.
  • As in many other states, custody is determined based on the child’s best interests. There are also some standards that are taken into account, such as the child’s age and preferences, the relationships with each parent, adjustment to the home and school environment, any history of abuse and neglect, etc.
  • In Maine, parents are encouraged to develop and propose their custody and visitation schedule. It should be created based on the child’s preferences and needs. However, the judge is still eligible to make some modifications to this plan.
  • If parents cannot come to an agreement, and their views seem to be very polar, a court may appoint an investigator called guardian at litem to make recommendations on what would the best decision be taking child’s interests into account. A couple will have to pay such a person for their investigation.

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