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Maine Parentage Act: Who can be a parent?

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

Your rights as a parent do not stop when you are in the military and called to active duty. There are many things to consider and plan for, especially if you are separated from your child’s other parent.  This is a summary of some of the relevant Maine laws that may help you understand your rights. Parental Rights and Responsibilities Background Under Maine law parents have equal rights to their children.   When parents are not together, they m more...