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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

Change of Name petitions are filed in the Probate Court in the county where you reside.You should contact the Probate Court in your county before filing a name change petition. 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. 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...