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Online Divorce in Maine

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Maine, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Maine.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Maine has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Maine is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Maine with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Maine, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

fter the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Maine is no exception.

Either spouse must be a resident of Maine, or the marriage or the grounds for divorce must have occurred in Maine. Otherwise, a person filing for divorce must be a resident of Maine for six months immediately prior to filing. The divorce may be filed for in the District Court in the county where either of the spouses resides. However, the defendant spouse has the right to have the proceeding moved to Superior Court. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 4, Chapter 5, Section 155 and Title 19-A, Chapter 29, Section 901].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Maine driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Maine

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Maine. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

There are two reasons for dissolution of marriage in Maine those are fault and general. To file for divorce in Maine, the proper grounds must be determined.

No-fault reasons for divorce in Maine include:

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Irreconcilable marital differences. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Chapter 29, Section 902].

 

 

 

General reasons for dissolution of marriage in Maine include, in the case of a covenant marriage:

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Impotence;

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Adultery;

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Alcoholism and/or drug addiction;

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Confinement for incurable insanity for seven consecutive years;

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Desertion for three years;

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Cruelty or abuse; and

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Nonsupport whereby a spouse is able to provide support but grossly, wantonly, or cruelly neglects to provide suitable maintenance for the complaining spouse. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Chapter 29, Section 902].

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Custody of the child in Maine

Custody of the child

If there are children involved in a divorce, the couple will need to determine how custody should be handled. This isn’t something that a couple has to do all on their own. There are regulations in place that can help the court determine what would be the best possible custody situation for each case. If the parents already have a plan in mind, they can present this to the court, and it will be given due consideration before any other agreement is made.

Based on the best interests of the child, three types of custody may be given:

  • Responsibilities for the child’s welfare are divided, either exclusively or proportionately. The responsibilities to be divided are:
    • primary physical residence,
    • parent-child contact,
    • support,
    • education,
    • medical and dental care,
    • religious upbringing,
    • travel boundaries and expenses, and
    • any other aspects.
  • A parent given responsibility for any aspect may be required to inform the other parent of any major changes;
  • Parental responsibilities are shared [most or all of the responsibilities are made on the basis of joint decisions and the parents retain equal parental rights and responsibilities; or
  • One parent is granted full and exclusive rights and responsibility for the child’s welfare, except for the responsibility of child support.

The factors to be considered are:

  • The age of the child;
  • The motivation of the parents and their capacities to give the child love, affection, and guidance;
  • The preference of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and capacity;
  • The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The desire and ability of each parent to allow an open and loving frequent relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • The child’s adjustment to his or her home, school, and community;
  • The relation­ship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members;
  • The stability of the home environment likely to be offered by each parent;
  • A need to promote continuity and stability in the life of the child;
  • The parent’s capacity and willingness to cooperate;
  • Methods for dispute resolution;
  • The effect on the child of one parent having sole authority over his or her upbringing;
  • The existence of any domestic violence or child abuse;
  • Any history of child abuse by a parent;
  • Any misuse of “protection from abuse” orders to gain a tactical advantage in the case;
  • Whether the child, if under age one, is being breastfed; and
  • Any other factors having a sensible bearing on the child’s upbringing.

No preference is to be given because of a parent’s sex or because of the child’s age or sex. In any child custody case, the court may order an investigation of the parents and child by the Department of Human Services. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Chapter 51, Section 1501 and Chapter 55, Section 1653].

Rules for child support in Maine

Maine has put into place state-mandated child support guidelines which will apply in almost every case, barring extraordinary circumstances. With this, both parties’ gross incomes and certain child related expenses are considered when calculating the child support obligation. In most cases, child support payments continue until the child reaches eighteen years of age, and can extend until the completion of the child’s secondary education.

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Rules for spousal support in Maine

Rules for spousal support

Alimony is sometimes ordered to help a spouse live in the means determined during the marriage. Support may be decided upon by the couple together before filing or may be given by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

Either spouse may be ordered to pay a sensible amount of alimony. The court may also order that a spouse’s real estate be given to the other spouse for life or that a lump sum amount be given as alimony. Infidelity is not a factor. There is a assumption that no general alimony or support be given if the marriage was for less than 10 years and that, for marriages lasting from 10 to 20 years, the alimony not last over one-half the length of the marriage. In addition, the court may award “transitional” support for a spouse’s short-term needs and/or for assistance on reentry into the workforce.

The factors for consideration set out in the statute are:

  • The length of the marriage;
  • The age of the spouses;
  • The standard of living determined during the marriage;
  • The ability of both spouses to pay;
  • The employment history and employment potential of both spouses;
  • The income history and income potential of both spouses;
  • The education and training of both spouses;
  • The provisions for retirement and health insurance benefits for both spouses;
  • The tax consequences of the division of marital property, including the tax consequences of the sale of the marital home;
  • The health and disabilities of both spouses;
  • The tax consequences of an alimony award;
  • The contributions of either of the spouses as homemaker;
  • The contributions of either of the spouses to the education or earning potential to the other spouse;
  • Economic misconduct of either of the spouses resulting in the diminution of marital property or income;
  • The ability of the party seeking support to become self-supporting within a sensible length of time;
  • The effect of income from marital or non-marital property or child support payments on either of the spouses’s need for or ability to pay spousal support; and
  • Any other factors the court considers appropriate. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Chapter 27, Section 851 and Chapter 29, Section 951-A].

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Property division in Maine

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Maine, they must distribute property in a fair and agreeable manner. This can be one of the most challenging parts of going through the divorce process for many couples. It may be possible for a couple to come up with a property distribution plan on their own without involving the court. In doing so, it can make for a more relaxed and less-stressful uncontested divorce.

However, when there is some disagreement on how property is to be divided, the state has specific rules in place to make it easier.

Maine is an “equitable distribution” state. Each spouse retains his or her indi­vidual property, including:

  • Any gifts or inheritances;
  • Any property acquired prior to marriage; and
  • Any increase in the value of or property acquired in exchange for property listed in the former or the latter event.

The marital property is divided between the spouses after considering the following factors:

  • The contribution of both spouses to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of both spouses as homemaker;
  • The value of both spouses’s property; and
  • The economic circumstances of both spouses at the time the division of property is to become effective, including the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live in the home for a sensible period of time to the spouse having custody of any children. Infidelity is not a factor. [Maine Revised Statutes Annotated; Title 19-A, Chapter 29, Section 953].

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Mediation support in Maine

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Divorce forms in Maine

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Filing fees for divorce in Maine

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take?

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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