Divorce Mediation Maine Basics
Divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.
In Maine, there are two ways to approach uncontested divorce: default or by agreement. A default divorce occurs when one spouse files divorce papers and the other spouse does not respond. To file an uncontested divorce by agreement, you must agree on all substantive issues. You must also provide a written settlement agreement that details the agreements between the spouses. There are also various residency requirements that you must meet. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A § 901. Also, Maine provides various fault or no-fault grounds for divorce. It is most common in an uncontested divorce to cite “irreconcilable differences” rather than fault-based grounds for divorce. Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 19-A § 902.
Divorce mediation Maine can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist in your divorce settlement agreement. Maine Pine Tree Legal Assistance provides useful forms and information on filing. Also, the court locator offers a list of all courts where you can file for divorce in Maine.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes and then file an uncontested divorce in Maine.
For more information on divorce mediation Maine, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Maine.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.