To get a divorce in Maine, you need to present your case to a judge. Once you do, the judge has the authority to grant a divorce immediately. However, there is normally an appeal period.

You’ll also qualify for a divorce in Maine as long as you or your spouse have been residents for at least six months. If you were married there or separated while in Maine, then this may also give the state jurisdiction.

What should you prepare for the meeting with your attorney?

When you first meet with your attorney, you should prepare several documents. These should include lists of your assets, printouts of bank statements, your budget or financial statements and information on the cause of separation. It’s a good idea to have an idea of what you want out of the divorce and to know if you want to file with a fault or no fault.

If you do want to file based on a fault, the faults you can choose from include:

  • Adultery
  • Impotence
  • Incapacity
  • Desertion
  • Cruelty
  • Nonsupport
  • Drug or alcohol addiction

If you plan to divorce with children, you should also prepare a visitation or custody plan for your attorney to view. This will give them an idea about what you’d like to see happen and a guide on how to negotiate for you if your spouse won’t agree.

Our site has more on divorce in Maine and what you can do to make it go smoothly. Good help goes a distance in divorce cases and can help you get all you want out of your divorce.