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Healthcare Resources for Maine Children Who Have Experienced Violence

How does domestic violence affect children? Violence and trauma can have long-lasting effects on children who witness or experience violent events.
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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.
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The Tax Consequences of Divorce or Separation

Divorce or separation can mean big changes on your taxes. Spousal support, also called alimony, and a name change are just a few things you may need to consider. Here are some tax tips to keep in mind if you are recently divorced or separated.
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Guardianship of a Minor

How can a family member or other responsible adult become the legal guardian of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to care for them?

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Last Updated 9/14/2020 Is PTLA open? Can I still get help? To protect our clients and staff, all PTLA offices are closed to the public. If you have a current case, please reach out to our staff by e-mail or phone.
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PP 101(T) Petition for Appointment of Temporary Guardian for Minor

The Maine court form to petition for the appointment of a temporary guardian for minor
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Probate Jurisdictional Affidavit

The Maine court form for determining the jurisdiction for certain family law and name change cases
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PB-003 Jurisdictional Affidavit for Adoption, Minor Guardianship, and Minor Name Change

A fill-able .pdf of Maine court form PB-03, the Jurisdictional Affidavit that must be filed in District court with any adoption, minor guardianship, or minor name change case.
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Sample Motion to Waive Adoption Home Study

This is a sample motion you can use to ask the court to waive the home study in an adoption case
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La Tutela de un Menor de Edad

¿Está Ud. preocupado por la sanidad y seguridad de un menor de edad? De acuerdo con las leyes de Maine los padres biológicos o adoptivos de un menor de edad son los tutores naturales de el. Los tutores naturales son los responables para la atención, custodia, control, servicios y ganancias de un menor de edad hasta que el menor de edad cumpla 18… More