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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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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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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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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.
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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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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.

Courthouse Assistance Programs

Help for people doing their own divorce - or other family law - case in Maine.

COVID-19

Last Updated 3/18/2021 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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PA-015 Affidavit for Confidential Address

This is the Maine form for keeping your address confidential when filing for a Protection from Abuse order. Use this form if you don't want the abuser to know your address.