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Great Maine Divorce Lawyers

When a marriage ends, you have decisions you need to make that will affect your financial future and the future of any children you may share with your ex-spouse. Getting the right information will help you make informed decisions. One of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right divorce lawyer.

At the Law Offices of Dylan Boyd, our divorce lawyers help you better understand these important issues and how the law applies to your particular case. We help you understand your rights and responsibilities during this particularly difficult time. You do not have to endure a divorce alone. Get answers to your questions today and contact us online or at (207) 536-7147 to schedule a consultation.

Choosing the Right Lawyer 

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in almost every type of divorce, ranging from simple, uncontested divorces to complicated, high-conflict divorces. We have dealt with almost every sort of issue incident to a divorce, including interim orders (to control the situation while the case is pending final judgment), parental rights and responsibilities (e.g., decision making, primary residence, child custody and visitation, child support), guardian ad litem (GAL) issues, counseling, relocation, real estate and mortgages, personal property and debt, retirement benefits, military benefits, spousal support (a.k.a. alimony), and tax issues. We have also handled cases in which one of the parties resides in another state or another country. We have the experience, knowledge, and skill to provide you with superior representation throughout this difficult time. 

In all family matters, the courts in Maine urge the parties to negotiate, mediate, and try to reach a settlement agreement rather than engaging in expensive and contentious litigation. On one hand, we recognize the value in such compromise and, as skilled negotiators, we have accomplished many fair settlements on behalf of our clients--sparing them the financial and emotional costs of further litigation. On the other hand, we respect our clients' decisions not to settle when the other party is being unreasonable and uncompromising. In such cases, we have zealously advocated for our clients at trial and secured judgments in their favor.

Uncontested and Contested Divorces in Maine

The divorce process is dependent in part on whether or not it is contested. Uncontested divorces can move along rather quickly when the divorcing couple agrees on all of the issues, which may include property division, spousal support, parent-child contact, and child support. In Maine, you can get divorced in as quickly as sixty days, if the divorce is uncontested. The law requires a minimum sixty-day waiting period between the filing of all the necessary divorce paperwork and the final hearing.

However, when one spouse challenges any of these matters, the divorce becomes contested. The process will proceed to trial unless the soon-to-be ex-spouses can come to an agreement. Typically, mediation or another alternative dispute resolution process may be used to help them come to that agreement. 

Grounds for Divorce in Maine

Maine, like most states today, is a "no fault" divorce state, meaning that divorces are typically granted on the grounds of "irreconcilable marital differences." The testimony of you and/or your spouse is almost always sufficient evidence of "irreconcilable differences" and that the marriage is "irretrievably broken." An irretrievably broken marriage simply means the couple is unable or refuses to cohabitate, and no prospects for reconciliation exist.

Although Maine still has fault-based grounds for divorce under the law--such as adultery, cruelty, and abandonment--it is usually not advisable to pursue a divorce on that basis. In short, alleging fault as a basis for the divorce typically will not help resolve the case in your favor, and it may exacerbate an already tense situation and prolong the case.

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Contact a Divorce Attorney in Maine Today

There is a lot to consider when you are going through a divorce. The decisions made during this time will impact you and your family's life for quite a while. It is important to get guidance from a family law attorney who will advocate for you and your family. Contact us online or call us at (207) 536-7147 to schedule a consultation.

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