Guiding You Through The Divorce Process
We represent men and women seeking divorce, annulment or a separation from their spouse. Divorce can be a frightening prospect for anyone with unanswered questions.
At Shankman & Associates, our attorneys provide answers and guidelines to the divorce process. In Maine, a family court judge may grant a divorce on the grounds of “irreconcilable marital differences between the spouses,” also known as a no-fault divorce.
We Help You Sort The Difficult Issues Before They Arise
The State legislature of the State of Maine has found that there are rarely any advantages to proving fault in a divorce, and generally only looks to penalize inappropriate financial misconduct. Our firm can help you resolve divorce issues such as:
- Future parental rights and responsibilities, including child support and parent-child contact if there are children of the marriage under 18 years old
- Temporary or permanent spousal support (alimony)
- Division of marital and nonmarital assets, real and personal property
- Responsibility for the payment of marital debts
- Permitting either party to resume a former name or any other name either husband or wife would like
- Determining responsibility for paying the attorney’s fees and court costs incurred as a result of the divorce
What Are My Parental Rights And Responsibilities?
In Maine, the State Legislature uses the term “parental rights and responsibilities” rather than “child custody.” Divorced parents may equally share responsibilities, or have them allocated between themselves, or awarded solely to one side or the other.
Divorcing parents are required to participate in case management conferences. The parties meet with a Family Law Magistrate to discuss matters pertaining to the child’s welfare and the most efficient way to get through the divorce process. Preliminary decisions regarding parental rights and responsibilities are often made at these conferences or more formal interim hearings, if necessary.
The Importance Of Mediation
If parents cannot agree about every issue in dispute in the divorce, the parties will be required to attend mediation. During mediation, the parties are encouraged to reach reasonable compromises, and a resolution by agreement of contested matters in the divorce. This is done through the assistance of a court-appointed mediator who works with the parties and their lawyers.
We look out for your interests and protect your legal rights in mediation.
No Divorce Is Easy
Our goal is to help you as you begin your divorce process and then obtain a divorce with just and fair results. We keep you fully informed every step of the way. We know that divorce can be challenging, and we offer legal guidance to help you reach your goals.