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Maine Parentage Act

In 2015 Maine updated its laws about families. This law is called the Maine Parentage Act. It goes into 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. 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...

Parents on Active Duty: Legal Considerations

Parental Rights and Responsibilities Power of Attorney for a Child (POA) Guardianship The Maine Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act more...