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Maine Divorce Law

Divorce Laws in Maine

Maine divorce laws have maintained the traditional fault based grounds for divorce, which can include, but is not limited to, adultery, extreme cruelty, and desertion for at least 3 months. You may also request the no fault ground of irrevocable differences. Additionally, the spouse filing for divorce must have resided in Maine for six months before filing for a divorce in ME.

Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Maine

Maine is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce laws in Maine this means that the marital property must be divided equally. Separate property, or property acquired prior to marriage, shall be retained by the owning spouse.

Alimony can be granted to either the husband or wife, under Maine divorce laws. Such relevant economic factors as the length of the marriage and the partiesí prior living standard are considered in determining the amount that should be paid to the requesting spouse, as well as any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the spouses.

Maine Child Support, Child Custody and Child Visitation

The main focus in determining child custody, according to Maine divorce law, is the best interest of the children. However, under ME divorce laws, the court will grant joint custody if it is considered to be in the best interest of the child, so long as the parents are in agreement. Visitation rights are typically awarded to the non custodial parent.

Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parentsí income paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Income Shares model, based on the gross income as set forth by divorce law in Maine.

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