How to File For Divorce in Maine
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- OFFICIAL -

HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN MAINE

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Maine divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK MAINE DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - You should complete the following forms and serve them to your spouse:

  • Complaint For Divorce
  • Child Support Affidavit (*if minor children)
  • (2 Copies) Family Matter Summons and Preliminary Injunction

You can serve your spouse 1 of 3 ways:

  • Hand deliver the papers and have your spouse sign the 'Acknowledgment of Receipt' form.
  • Send the papers by Certified Mail Return with Receipt Requested.
  • Pay the Sheriff's office to submit copies to your spouse.

STEP 3 - Within 20 days of serving the defendant, the following forms need to be filed with the County Court Clerk's Office:

  • Confidentiality Family Matter Summary Sheet
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Child Support Affidavit (*if minor children)
  • Family Matter Summons and Preliminary Injunction (*if you used a sheriff to serve your spouse)
  • Acknowledgment of Receipt of Summons and Complaint (*if you personally hand delivered the forms)
  • Return Receipt from Certified Mail (otherwise known as a 'green card')

There will be a filing fee of $120 (Be sure to double check with your county as it varies).

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident for at least 6 months..

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Maine takes a minimum of 6 months.

STEP 4 - Now, you should meet with your spouse in order to negotiate the terms of the Marital Settlement Agreement. Be sure to know that once this form has been signed by both parties it is considered a legal agreement that cannot be changed like any other legal form.

*If you have minor children - Upon meeting with your spouse you both should complete and trade the Child Support Worksheet (*Use the Child Support Table form to guide you).

- The above forms must be filed with the clerk's office -

*If you have minor children - You will be given a time and date of your Case Management Conference. You both (spouses) must attend this meeting.

STEP 5 - There must be a 60 day waiting period from the original serving date of papers in Step 2 in order to get a court hearing date. You must call or personally go in to the clerk's office in order to schedule a hearing.

STEP 6 - Go to your court hearing and if you have completed all the steps successfully you will be eligible for the Judge to complete the divorce at the end of the hearing. At this time, you have successfully completed the divorce process in the State of Maine.

 

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