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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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How To: Navigate Your Divorce or Parental Rights Case in Maine

This classroom is here to help you through the Maine Court's family law process. We hope that this will help you feel more confident about dealing with the legal system. Is this classroom for you? You may use this classroom if:
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Maine Zoom Mediation in Family Matters

Starting in June, 2020, Maine courts will allow video or telephone mediation in your Family Matter cases through video or telephone. There are no in-person mediations in court because of COVID-19. What is Zoom? Zoom is a program that allows you to have virtual video meetings on your computer, phone, or tablet.
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Maine Parental Rights & COVID-19 FAQ

Posted and up-to-date on 4/8/2020 Introduction Parents who share custody of children are wondering what social distancing and sheltering in place mean for their family law orders. Here are some common questions and answers about co-parenting during the pandemic.

Families Change Maine

We offer age-appropriate information to help kids, teens and parents deal with a family break up. Justice Education Society of British Columbia (link is external) and Pine Tree Legal Assistance collaborated to create this Maine version of "Families Change." Along the way, family counselors, guidance counselors, psychologists, lawyers, parents,… More
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Military Retirement Pay and the Collection of Child and Spousal Support

Federal and State Law Federal and state law allow money from military retirement pay to be withheld to meet most child support and spousal support (alimony) obligations.
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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.
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DHHS is trying to get me to pay child support, but I don't know if I'm a parent

What is this information and how will it help me? This information is for parents who are being pursued by DHHS for payment of child support. We also have pages on these related topics:
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Military Search for Service by Alternative Means

If you are starting a family law case (such as a divorce or setting parental rights and responsibilities), you must tell the other party that you are bringing a court action against them. You do this by "serving" the other party. This means that you give copies of your court papers to the other party. Court rules tell you how this must be done.