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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...

Paternity: Am I the Father?

  How the Law Works in Maine CONTENTS Introduction What is this information and how will it help me? What does the law say about a parent’s duty to support? more...