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Grandparent Visitation Rights in Maine

In Maine, some grandparents may ask a court to give them contact or visitation with their grandchildren.  But, children’s parents usually have the right to decide how to raise their children including if the grandparents can see their grandchildren.  Therefore, except in urgent cases or where the grandparents have actually acted like the parents… More
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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

Note: This article is about guardian ad litems in the state of Maine. This role, and the process around a guardian ad litem may be different in other states.
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Divorce and Separation: Where Can I Get Help?

Lists resources for people who are separating or going through divorce: where to get legal and financial help, and other support services.
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Child Support Collection: What Can DHHS Do to Make Me Pay?

This page explains how child support collection works in Maine. The law and the process differ from state to state. Maine has several tools to collect both current and overdue child support. These are explained below. If you get any notices about DHHS collecting support from you, read them carefully. If you disagree with them, you may request a… More
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How Do I Change My DHHS Child Support Order?

This information is to help you if you need to change a Department of Health Human Services (DHHS) Child Support Order. If a Court ordered you to pay child support, this information will not help you.

Courthouse Assistance Programs

Help for people doing their own divorce - or other family law - case in Maine.
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How Much Child Support Should I Get from DHHS? Information for TANF Families

Whenever you get TANF, you give the State of Maine a temporary claim to your child support. The State keeps some of the child support it collects, and sends some of it to you. This worksheet will help you figure out how much of each you should get.
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Maine DHHS Support Hearings: What Should I Expect?

This page explains how child support collection works in Maine. The law and the process are different in every state. If your case is not in Maine, don't use this information – find resources in your state.

COVID-19

Up-to-date as of 5/29/2020 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.

Divorce & Parental Rights

This page links to all of our divorce and parental rights form kits. We have put together several forms kits - they have all the forms you will need for certain kinds of divorce or parental rights and responsibilities cases. You can use these kits, or you can find a particular form you need from the All Court Forms page.