In Maine, some grandparents may ask a court to give them contact or visitation with their grandchildren. But, children’s parents usually have the right to decide how to raise their children including if the grandparents can see their grandchildren. Therefore, except in urgent cases or where the grandparents have actually acted like the parents of the children for a long period of time, the court will usually not give grandparents contact or visits with the grandchildren.
Divorce, Custody, & Family
What is this information and how will it help me?
This page explains how child support collection works in Maine. The law and the process differ from state to state. Maine has several tools to collect both current and overdue child support. These are explained below. If you get any notices about DHHS collecting support from you, read them carefully. If you disagree with them, you may request a hearing within the time limits given in the Notice.
Help for people doing their own divorce - or other family law - case in Maine.
This is the second part of our guide to Child Protection proceedings in Maine. It covers what can happen when DHHS investigates a household because they believe that a child may be at risk of being harmed. For more information of what happens when DHHS is first called, read the first part of this guide: Maine Child Protection: What does DHHS do when they get a complaint of child abuse?
About DHHS and Child Abuse and Neglect
DHHS Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse. There are 5 different things that DHHS can do:
What is the Maine Home Court Act?
The Home Court Act is a Maine law passed in 2016. It is meant to prevent more than one case about the same child from happening in different courts. Courts use the Jurisdictional Affidavit to find out about all of the cases involving a child. They do this to make sure they are following the Act.
In 2015 Maine updated its laws about families. This law is called the Maine Parentage Act. It took effect on July 1, 2016. “Parentage” is a legal word. It means the legal relationship between a child and a parent. So, to “establish parentage” means to prove that someone is the legal parent of a child. A child's parents have legal rights and responsibilities to the child. When we use the word “parent” below, we mean a person with this legal status.
Find out from the IRS what you need to do to make sure that you are complying with federal tax rules.
Federal and State Law
Federal and state law allow money from military retirement pay to be withheld to meet most child support and spousal support (alimony) obligations.