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Adoption, Guardianship of a Minor, Child Name Change and Maine's Home Court Act: When, where and how to file the Jurisdictional Affidavit

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. When do I need to file a Jurisdictional Affidavit? If you are filing an adoption, guardianship, or name change case for a child, you will more...

How to Change Your Name in Maine

CONTENTS In General What papers do I need to file with the Probate Court? Who may petition for  a minor's name change? What are the notice requirements for change of name of a minor? What if I do not know where the parent to be served is located? more...

How to: Change Your Name and Gender Marker in Maine

This is a guide for trans and gender non-conforming people who want to change their legal name and/or gender marker (the "M" or "F" on many government issued IDs that often reflects a persons sex assigned at birth). It includes step-by-step information about how to navigate these processes in Maine, and links to other helpful resources for navigating these changes in federal systems, like the Social Security Administration, or getting a passport.  For more...

Maine Probate Courts

Each county in Maine has its own Probate Court.  Probate Courts handle legal cases concerning wills and estates, guardianships, name changes and a few other family-related issues.  If you are seeking a divorce or need a court to decide a paternity (unmarried parents) case, you need to go to your local more...