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How To: Change or Enforce Your Maine Divorce or Parental Rights Order

If you are trying to modify (change) or enforce a final order from a Parental Rights and Responsibilities or Divorce case, you might find some helpful information here. This guide will walk you through the process for filing these motions.
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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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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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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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FM-058 Affidavit and Request for Registration of a Foreign Order

The Maine court form to register a divorce or parental rights and responsibilities order from another state.
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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