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In the event that the documents provided are not accepted by the Maine court due to the fault of 3StepDivorceTM, you will be provided a 100% refund (with no handling fee).
Our support staff will always give each individual customer personal attention should they have difficulty. We have both e-mail and phone support. This being said, prior to issuing a refund, we reserve the right to meet any courts requests regarding changes to the documents.
Maine Residency Requirements
A person seeking a divorce may file a complaint for divorce in the District Court if: A. The plaintiff has resided in good faith in this state for 6 months prior to the commencement of the action; B. The plaintiff is a resident of this state and the parties were married in this state; C. The plaintiff is a resident of this state and the parties resided in this state when the cause of divorce accrued; or D. The defendant is a resident of this state. The divorce may be filed in either county in which the parties reside. The Dissolution of Marriage is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. The right to file a complaint or bring a petition may not be denied a person for failure to meet a residency requirement if the person is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty stationed in this state or the spouse of that member or a parent of a child of that member. The member is deemed to be a resident either of the county in which the military installation, or other place at which the member has been stationed, is located or of the county in which the member has sojourned. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 4 - Sections: 155 and Title 19-A - Section 902)
Maine Divorce Grounds:
A. Irreconcilable marital differences. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 902)
Maine Property and Debt Division
In a proceeding for a divorce, the court shall set apart to each spouse the spouse's property and shall divide the marital property in proportions the court considers just after considering all relevant factors, including: 1. The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of a spouse as homemaker; 2. The value of the property set apart to each spouse; and 3. The economic circumstances of each spouse 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 reasonable periods to the spouse having custody of the children. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 953)
Maine Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
If the parties can not agree, the court shall consider the following factors when determining an award of spousal support: 1. The length of the marriage; 2. The ability of each party to pay; 3. The age of each party; 4. The employment history and employment potential of each party; 5. The income history and income potential of each party; 6. The education and training of each party; 7. The provisions for retirement and health insurance benefits of each party; 8. The tax consequences of the division of marital property, including the tax consequences of the sale of the marital home, if applicable; 9. The health and disabilities of each party; 10. The tax consequences of a spousal support award; 11. The contributions of either party as homemaker; 12. The contributions of either party to the education or earning potential of the other party; 13. Economic misconduct by either party resulting in the diminution of marital property or income; 14. The standard of living of the parties during the marriage; 15. The ability of the party seeking support to become self-supporting within a reasonable period of time; 16. The effect of the following on a party's need for spousal support or a party's ability to pay spousal support; 17. Any other factors the court considers appropriate. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 851, 951)
Maine Custody and Visitation:
The court shall consider the following factors: 1. The age of the child; 2. The relationship of the child with the child's parents and any other persons who may significantly affect the child's welfare; 3. The preference of the child, if old enough to express a meaningful preference; 4. The duration and adequacy of the child's current living arrangements and the desirability of maintaining continuity; 5. The stability of any proposed living arrangements for the child; 6. The motivation of the parties involved and their capacities to give the child love, affection and guidance; 7. The child's adjustment to the child's present home, school and community; 8. The capacity of each parent to allow and encourage frequent and continuing contact between the child and the other parent, including physical access; 9. The capacity of each parent to cooperate or to learn to cooperate in child care; 10. Methods for assisting parental cooperation and resolving disputes and each parent's willingness to use those methods; 11. The effect on the child if one parent has sole authority over the child's upbringing; 12. The existence of domestic abuse between the parents, in the past or currently, and how that abuse affects: 13. The existence of any history of child abuse by a parent; 14. All other factors having a reasonable bearing on the physical and psychological well-being of the child; 15. A parent's prior willful misuse of the protection from abuse process 16. If the child is under one year of age, whether the child is being breast-fed; and 17. The existence of a parent's conviction for a sex offense or a sexually violent offense. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 1501, 1653)
Maine Child Support:
Criteria that may justify deviation from the support guidelines are as follows: 1. The application of guidelines is not in the child's best interest; 2. The number of children for whom support is being determined is greater than 6; 3. The interrelation of the total support obligation established under the support guidelines for child support, the division of property and an award of spousal support made in the same proceeding for which a parental support obligation is being determined; 4. The financial resources of each child; 5. The financial resources and needs of a party, including nonrecurring income not included in the definition of gross income; 6. The standard of living each child would have enjoyed had the marital relationship continued; 7. The physical and emotional conditions of each child; 8. The educational needs of each child; 9. Inflation with relation to the cost of living; 10. Available income and financial contributions of the domestic associate or current spouse of each party; 11. The existence of other persons who are actually financially dependent on either party, including, but not limited to, elderly, disabled or infirm relatives, or adult children pursuing post-secondary education. If the primary care provider is legally responsible for another minor child who resides in the household and if the computation of a theoretical support obligation on behalf of the primary care provider would result in a significantly greater parental support obligation on the part of the non-primary care provider, that factor may be considered; 12. The tax consequences if the obligor is awarded any tax benefits. In determining the allocation of tax exemptions for children, the court may consider which party will have the greatest benefit from receiving the allocation; 13. The fact that income at a reasonable rate of return may be imputed to non-income-producing assets with an aggregate fair market value of $10,000 or more, other than an ordinary residence or other asset from which each child derives a substantial benefit; 14. The existence of special circumstances regarding a child 12 years of age or older, for the child's best interest, requires that the primary residential care provider continue to provide for employment-related day care; 15. An obligor party's substantial financial obligation regarding the costs of transportation of each child for purposes of parent and child contact. To be considered substantial, the transportation costs must exceed 15% of the yearly support obligation; and 16. A finding by the court or hearing officer that the application of the support guidelines would be unjust, inappropriate or not in the child's best interest. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 2001, 2009)
How Do I Know if I Should File in Maine?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
How Much Are the Maine Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Maine?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Maine?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Maine?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Maine. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in court.
With 3StepDivorce TM you can complete and print your Maine divorce forms (including a marital settlement agreement) instantly. Then, follow our step-by-step filing procedures to file your own divorce in Maine in a timely, professional, and hassle free fashion. The online software is designed to give you full control of your divorce and also avoids the use of third party data entry, thus helping protect your personal information and privacy. If you're not ready to file for divorce in Maine, learn more about getting your Separation Agreement or learn more about the basics of divorce in Maine and how to do your own divorce in Maine . Also, If you have any questions try visiting our Maine Divorce Online Help Center .
Filing for divorce can seem overwhelming. Like starting almost any other legal proceeding, it takes finding the right forms, filling out the forms properly, and understanding the court’s requirements for the next steps you’ll need to take.
Traditionally, most people have hired a lawyer to take care of all the legal matters in their divorce. But more and more couples are turning to a much cheaper option that’s still easier than figuring out everything on their own: filing for divorce online.
If you want to know more, read on for answers to some of the most common questions about online divorce in Maine.
Maine 3StepDivorce™ takes care of the divorce paperwork for you. Once you sign up for the service, you’ll answer some questions about your situation. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, Maine 3StepDivorce™ will fill out the forms the state requires to start the divorce process, along with instructions for adding any further information that’s needed. You’ll be able to print out the forms yourself immediately or, if you prefer, get hard copies by mail.
UPDATE: 3StepDivorce™ for Maine isn’t available right now, while we update our forms and services for Maine. Check back soon at 3StepDivorce.com for current availability. In the meantime, you may be able to get divorce forms on Maine Judicial Branch's website or from the court clerk’s office in your district, and the information below can answer your questions about getting an uncontested divorce in Maine.
Maine has two basic requirements to file for divorce in the state: a residency requirement, and a legally recognized reason (“grounds”) for ending your marriage.
To get a divorce in Maine, one of the following must apply:
(Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A, § 901(1) (2022).)
Maine allows both “no-fault” and “fault-based” divorces. A no-fault divorce is one in which the court doesn’t require either spouse to prove that the other committed the bad act that caused the marriage to end. In a fault-based divorce, one or both of the spouses must show that the other’s actions caused the marriage to fail.
Most divorcing couples in Maine choose to file a no-fault divorce. No-fault divorces reach resolution faster than fault-based because the spouses don’t have to argue about or prove who was responsible for the divorce. To get a no-fault divorce in Maine, you simply must state in your divorce complaint that you and your spouse are experiencing “irreconcilable marital differences.” (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A, § 902(1)(H) (2022).)
Maine also has many fault-based grounds for divorce, such as adultery, extreme cruelty, and habitual drug and alcohol use. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A, § 902 (2022).) Fault-based divorces are often more contentious, more expensive, and take longer to complete than no-fault divorces, so most people who file a fault-based divorce in Maine hire a lawyer.
Maine 3StepDivorce™ will provide services only for couples who are getting divorced based on irreconcilable marital differences.
Many Maine residents are finding that they can file for divorce and get through the process without the expense of hiring a lawyer if they’re filing for an “uncontested divorce” in the state. That means that they’ve agreed with each other about all of the legal issues in their divorce, including:
If you still have disagreements with your spouse about these or any other issues involved in ending your marriage, you’ll have to file for a traditional, contested divorce. Because that will involve legal battles and presenting evidence and arguments at court hearings, it would be risky to pursue a contested divorce without a lawyer to navigate the process for you—especially if your spouse has an attorney.
Once it’s available in your state, you may use Maine 3StepDivorce™ as long as you have an uncontested divorce and meet the state’s residency requirement. You’ll need to have a written marital settlement agreement, signed by both you and your spouse, that covers all of the issues in your divorce. Maine 3StepDivorce™ will guide you through the process of creating this agreement, based on your answers to the questionnaire.
Maine 3StepDivorce™ can also help if you aren’t ready to file for divorce, but you want a separation agreement with your spouse. For instance, you might want to work out arrangements for support, custody of your children, who has to move out of the family home, and how to take care of the bills while you’re separated but still legally married.
Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything in your divorce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try divorce mediation. If you’re able to resolve your disagreements with the mediator’s help, you can then use Maine 3StepDivorce™ to prepare the written settlement agreement, along with the other divorce paperwork.
Generally, you will be able to use Maine 3StepDivorce™ even when you have minor children with your spouse, as long as you agree on all of the issues related to your kids, including legal and physical custody, a parenting (visitation) schedule, child support, health and dental insurance, and tax deductions. Maine 3StepDivorce™ will allow you to address these issues in your settlement agreement. We provide a standard parenting schedule, but you’ll have an option of customizing the schedule to meet your individual needs.
However, you won’t be able to address custody-related issues in your online divorce in Maine if the affected child or children don’t meet the “home state” requirement. Usually, that means the child must have lived in Maine with a parent (or a parent figure) during the entire six-month period before you file for divorce (or since birth if the child is younger than six months old). (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A, § 1745 (2022).) If you don’t meet the six-month rule, you should speak with an attorney to find out whether you might qualify for one of the complicated exceptions to this rule.
In Maine, both parents have an obligation to support their children. And like all states, Maine has child support guidelines for calculating how much support the parents should pay, based largely on their incomes and custody arrangements.
3StepDivorce™ will provide the Maine Child Support Guideline Worksheets, so you can easily calculate the state's guideline level of support. You and your spouse may agree to an amount of child support that differs from the guideline amount, but the judge will need to review and approve your agreement. Maine law requires that any time the amount of child support deviates from the guideline, the judge must find that applying the guideline would be “unjust or inappropriate” under the circumstances.
In your settlement agreement, you and your spouse may include child support provisions that aren’t legally required, such as a parent’s contributions to private school tuition or the cost of a child’s college education. You may also agree on some specific questions like which parent will claim the children as dependents on tax returns.
After your divorce in Maine is final, you (or your spouse) may request a change in the amount of child support, but you’ll need to show that your circumstances have changed significantly. The judge will review your request based on the same legal requirements for an original child support order.
If you want to save the time and expense of a court battle over a request to modify child support, you and your spouse may agree to a modification on your own. As a general rule, you’ll need to submit your agreement to a judge or child support agency.
To modify your child support order in Maine, three years need to have passed since the child support order was issued. Alternatively, you can request a change earlier if you can show that there has been a “substantial change in circumstances” that warrants adjusting the amount of support. To make a request, you’ll need to file a Motion to Modify with the court. You can find details about and instructions on how to file a Motion to Modify on Pine Tree Legal Assistance’s website.
When you fill out your questionnaire for Maine 3StepDivorce™, you’ll answer a series of questions about your separate and marital property and debts, including how you’ll divide your marital property and allocate responsibility for payment of the marital debts.
If you own a home with your spouse, your agreement can spell out what will happen to it when you get divorced. Here again, the questionnaire will include a few questions about the property and how you’ve chosen to deal with it, such as:
In your Maine 3StepDivorce™, you may also agree on whether and how you’ll divide any retirement accounts that you and your spouse have, including 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and defined-benefit pensions.
If you started contributing to the retirement plan before you were married, you’ll start by figuring out how much of its current value is marital property and how much is your separate property. There are experts and firms that will do this for you (for a fee, of course). The service is usually known as a pension appraisal or valuation. You’ll almost always need this kind of expert help when you’re dealing with a defined-benefit pension.
Once you know the marital value of your work-related retirement accounts, the easiest way to handle the division of the assets is not to split them but to transfer other assets as an offset. Here’s how that works: Say you have a 401(k) through your job, and the marital portion of the account is worth $100,000. If you and your spouse agree to divide that portion down the middle, and you have other marital assets to divide (such as a regular savings account), your spouse could receive an extra $50,000 from those assets while you keep the entire 401(k). That way, you don’t have to hire another expert to prepare the kind of special order that’s needed to tell the 401(k) administrator how to divide the account.
The rules are different for IRAs. You may simply agree to have your spouse’s share transferred to another IRA account in that spouse’s name. (You’ll have to submit a special form to the bank, along with a copy of your divorce decree.)
You and your spouse may waive any right to alimony in your Maine divorce, or you may agree on the specifics of alimony payments: who will pay, how much, and for how long. Your agreement may also state whether a court could modify alimony at any time in the future, and it could cover related issues like health insurance and life insurance.
When you get your completed forms with Maine 3StepDivorce™, your next step will be to file your paperwork in the district court division where either spouse lives. (Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 4, § 155(3) (2022).) You’ll need to look up what division is appropriate–use the Maine Judicial Branch’s tool for looking up a court based on your town to find the right court.
When you file your divorce, you’ll need to pay a $120 filing fee.
If you can’t afford to pay the Maine divorce filing fee, you can file an Application to Proceed Without Fee (CV-067) with the court. (See Step 4 here for a link to the form; Maine 3StepDivorce™ will also provide this form.) If the court grants your application, you won’t have to pay any court costs or fees.
Maine courts can’t issue a divorce decree until after a final hearing. (Me. R. Civ. P. 115 (2022).) A final hearing can’t take place until at least 60 days have passed since the divorce complaint was served. (Me. R. Civ. P. 113 (2022).) Whether the court can schedule your final hearing immediately after the 60 days has passed depends on the court’s schedule, so your uncontested divorce could take longer than 60 days to finalize.
Maine 3StepDivorce™ provides unlimited, live, person-to-person support for customers. If you have any questions about how uncontested divorce works, call our Maine Divorce Online Help Center at (888) 665-6782 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and so cannot give out legal advice. If you have questions about Maine law or need legal advice, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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