Maine Divorce Attorney Robert H. Prince takes care to provide his clients with high quality services personalized for their unique needs. He is available for professional, courteous, and efficient consultation, Monday through Saturday.
Maine Divorce Attorney
No matter who you are and how long you’ve been married, going through a divorce is never easy. In addition to the emotional weight, many divorces in Maine include heated fights regarding the division of property and assets as well as, if applicable, child support and custody issues. A divorce is already a difficult time, but with the representation of a top-rated Maine divorce attorney, you can better protect your assets, pursue your interests, and hopefully make the divorce process go more smoothly.
At the Law Office of Robert H. Prince, we’ve helped many Maine residents with their divorce proceedings. Compassion and creating a one-on-one, attorney-client relationship serves as the foundation of our approach. We’ll always put your interests at the forefront of our legal strategy and use both diligence and legal expertise to help you through the divorce and get you back to your life.
Residency Requirements for Divorce in Maine
If you are planning to get a divorce in Maine, you or your spouse needs to meet one of several Maine residency requirements. These requirements are:
- The party filing for divorce needs to have lived in Maine for at least six months
- The party filing for divorce is a resident of the state and the couple was married in Maine
- The party filing for divorce is a resident of Maine at the time of filing and the couple lived in the state when the “cause” of the divorce transpired
- The defendant (non-filing party) is a resident of Maine at the time of filing
Only one of the above needs to be true for the couple to file for divorce in Maine.
Grounds for Divorce in Maine
In addition to the residency requirements for a Maine divorce, the divorcing couple needs to claim the legal grounds for the divorce. This essentially means that the couple needs to declare a reason for their divorce (remember, a “reason” can be as simple as irreconcilable differences). The legal grounds for divorce in Maine can be any of the following:
- Extreme Cruelty
- Desertion that has continued for three consecutive years
- Continual use and/or abuse of drugs or alcohol
- Abandonment and/or cruel neglect
- Cruel and/or abusive treatment
- Incapacitation which requires the appointment of a guardian with full powers
- Irreconcilable marital differences
Many of these grounds are self-explanatory. It is important to note that irreconcilable marital differences present a “no-fault” divorce. In a no-fault divorce, there is no need for either party to prove wrongdoing to the court.
Contact Maine Divorce Attorney Robert Prince
Once you know that you’ve met the residency requirements and have claimed one of the grounds for divorce, you can then move forward with the divorce proceedings. There are several steps in these proceedings, and the process differs quite substantially if there are children involved. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have a Maine divorce attorney at your side, starting with completing and filing the initial “complaint” and serving it to your spouse.
At the Law Office of Robert H. Prince, we understand the emotional difficulties and frustrations associated with going through a divorce. As such, we want you to leave the legal stuff with us so that you can begin re-building your life for after the divorce. For a free consultation with Maine divorce attorney Robert Prince, you can call our Maine law offices at (617) 721-9141.