We provide this information for low-income people who cannot afford to hire lawyers. We recommend that you consult a lawyer if you can afford one.
Also, you should try to get a lawyer if your divorce involves:
You may want to try to do it yourself if:
People will low incomes can get some limited help from Courthouse Assistant Projects (available in many, but not all Maine District Courts). For example, they can help you if you have more questions about filling out the forms or “serving” the forms on your spouse. If you think you can pay something for a lawyer, or for limited legal advice, you may want to call the Maine State Bar Association's Information and Referral Services: 1-800-860-1460. They charge a small referral fee. Or search online for Maine lawyers who specialize in divorce.
If you are in a relationship with domestic violence, we recommend that you contact your local domestic violence program: 1-866-83-4HELP (1-866-834-4357).
You cannot get divorced until at least 60 days after the complaint for divorce is served (delivered to your spouse). If you and your spouse agree on all or most of the issues, your case could be over in 60 days. If you disagree and the issues are complicated, your case could take much longer.
Here are some of the costs, which are subject to change:
Summons Form: $5
Filing fee: $120
Service fee: $8 - $50 (It varies depending on which method of service you use)
Mediation fee (only if you request mediation): $80 (per party; $160 total for two mediation sessions)
You can ask the court to waive the fees if you have a low income and cannot afford them. Ask the clerk for an "Application to Proceed Without Payment of Fees" and an "Indigency Affidavit." Or get these forms online.