This is a guide to help you through the process of getting a divorce in Maine. We hope that this will help you feel more confident about dealing with the legal system. Divorce is a very common legal issue – you are not alone! Maine courts have tried to make getting a divorce more accessible to people who cannot afford a lawyer. It is common for people to need a divorce but not be able to afford a lawyer.
This guide will go step-by-step through the divorce process in the Maine courts, including:
- The forms you will need to fill out
- How to ‘file’ and ‘serve’ court documents
- Understanding how mediation works
- What to expect at your divorce hearing
Is this guide for you?
You may use this guide if:
- You are married
- You do not have children with your current married partner, and
- You want to get a divorce
If you are married, but you have children together, this is not the guide for you. Go here for information about getting a divorce if you have mutual children.
You may want to start by watching this video. It gives a quick overview of the entire divorce process. This video was made for people with children who are getting a divorce. It will cover many things you need to know, like service of forms, but also includes information that only applies if you have children. The process is different, but many of the steps are the same. The video is a good overview and you can use this guide to learn about what to expect in your case.