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Divorce in Maine

Before filing for divorce in Maine, there are a couple important steps you should take. You'll want to hire a Maine divorce attorney to guide you through the process. And you should familiarize yourself with the process for getting a divorce in the state.

Things to Know Before Hiring a Divorce Attorney

Before hiring a Maine divorce attorney, here are some basic things you should know:

  • Maine divorce laws require either you or your spouse to have been a state resident for at least six months before filing for divorce. There is also a 60-day waiting period between when one spouse is served with divorce papers and when the divorce is finalized. (Your divorce may take longer to finalize if it's complicated or there are disagreements between you and your spouse.)
  • If you and your spouse have minor children, your divorce proceedings will also address child custody, visitation and child support issues.
  • Marital property is divided equitably under Maine law. That doesn't necessarily mean that the assets are divided equally, rather, they are divided fairly. If you and your spouse, with the help of your Maine family law attorneys, cannot reach an agreement on property division, then the judge will make the decision for you.
  • Your family law attorney will probably bill you an hourly fee for the time he or she actually works on your case, plus expenses. For straightforward divorce cases, some Maine family law lawyers charge a flat fee.

Find & Hire a Maine Divorce Lawyer

Complete the form on this page or call at 877-913-7222 if you need help locating Maine divorce lawyers in your area. Our free service can quickly match you with local Maine lawyers who have expertise handling divorces, child custody cases, child support problems and other family law issues.