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Like most states, there are residency requirements to file your divorce papers in the state of Maine. Before you file for divorce in the state of Maine, the filing spouse must have been a resident of the state for six months or longer. There is no requirement for the other spouse.
The state of Maine no-fault grounds for divorce is irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences as a basis for divorce does not need to be proven. There are also fault-based grounds for divorce in Maine which include, but are not limited to, adultery, impotence, alcoholism, substance abuse, cruel treatment, and desertion for three or more years.
Child custody is an important issue with any divorce, whether it is contested or non-contested. As such, resolving such issues is one of the biggest steps any divorcing couple may make. To preserve the best interests of any child involved in a divorce case, custody may be awarded to one parent or both parents. When possible, joint legal custody is assigned to the parents. One parent is usually awarded primary physical custody, however. Joint physical custody can we agreed-upon by the parties or awarded by the court if it is deemed in the best interest of the child. If the child is mature enough to contribute his or her feelings on the matter, the child’s wishes as to custody may be considered and given weight by the court.
In Maine, the plaintiff shall file for divorce in the county where either the petitioner or the respondent resides. The requirement to do this is the case whether utilizing a DIY divorce or if filing through the court system with a lawyer.
The Maine state court may order mediation on issues related to child support or custody in any contested divorce. Also, the court may refer the parties to arbitration on other matters whether or not children are involved. The parties may choose to mediate disputed issues on their own if desired. However, resolving issues in mediation the case may be able to proceed in court as an uncontested divorce.
The Maine state court filing fees are in addition to the cost of using BuyDivorcePapers.com. The filing costs vary from county to county and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Check with your local courthouse for more information regarding the exact costs and up-to-date filing information.