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Maine Child Custody Attorney
One of the most difficult and complex parts of a divorce is determining child custody. Not only is this an emotionally heated affair, but Maine child custody cases are often rife with legal complications. In general, parents can amicably decide things like physical custody, visitation rights, and so forth. Nonetheless, a Maine family court will decide what is in the child’s best interests.
If you’re going through a divorce, it is always a good idea to get the help of a Maine child custody attorney. As one of Maine’s leading divorce attorneys, lawyer Robert H. Prince will fight to protect your interests. We will use the extent of Maine child custody laws for the benefit of the child, and, most importantly, we can get you through this difficult legal affair.
It is important to act quickly in these cases. To speak with family law attorney Robert H. Prince, call our law office today at 617-721-9141 or 603-401-0409.
Overview of Maine Child Custody Laws
In Maine family courts, the term “parental rights and responsibilities” is interchangeable with the term “custody.” If parents with children are divorcing, there are three essential aspects to consider, including:
- Right to live with a child
- Right to visit a child
- Right to make important decisions for the child
Sometimes, parents cannot agree on how to divide these rights and responsibilities. In this case, the courts usually make a decision in the best interests of the child.
The courts may assign parental rights and responsibilities based on the following factors:
- The child’s age
- The child’s relationship with his/her parents
- The child’s preferences (if the child has the emotional maturity to make concrete preferences)
- The stability of any living arrangements
- The adequacy of the child’s current living arrangements
- The parent’s capacity to allow contact between the child and the other parent
- The capacity for the parent’s to communicate important decisions in the child’s life
In general, courts may want to maintain the child’s standard of living while minimizing larger changes (such as moving to new areas and school districts, for example). Additionally, financial differences between the parents (one rich and one middle-income, for instance) are only considered if it affects a parent’s ability to properly care for the child and give time for the child’s physical, social, and emotional needs.
Child Custody Options in Maine
There are three basic “plans” for Maine parents to determine child custody. These plans include:
- Shared parental rights and responsibilities — Parents have equal access and control over parenting.
- Sole parental rights and responsibilities — One parent alone takes care of the child.
- Allocated parental rights and responsibilities — Parents split their duties.
Contact Maine Divorce and Child Custody Robert Prince
Child custody is always a complex and emotionally difficult legal affair. With everything else you may be going through during the divorce, this is often one of the most contentious issues. This is why it’s critical to have a compassionate, experienced, and diligent divorce attorney at your side. With years of experience in Maine child custody cases, we at the Law Office of Attorney Robert H. Prince can help.
For a free, no-obligation consultation with Robert H. Prince, call us today at 617-721-9141 or 603-401-0409.