Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Maine
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Many people get married and start a family, but marriages don’t always work out. Divorce can be messy, complicated and painful. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced divorce and family law attorney to guide you through the process and protect your rights. At Jabar LaLiberty & Dubord, LLC, we’ve been helping people dealing with divorce and other cases since 1979.
We understand that divorce can be difficult on every family member involved, particularly children. Our goal is to help you reach the best possible resolution that meets your needs. Sometimes we are able to achieve that through mediation or negotiation. Other times, litigation is unavoidable.
What does a family lawyer do?
A lawyer from our firm can help you with many different family law issues, including:
- Property division
- Child support
- Protection from abuse
What are the different types of divorce in Maine?
In Maine, there are two options for divorce – “no fault” and “fault.” Most divorces in the state are “no fault” divorces, in which spouses cite irreconcilable differences. Both parties still have to find a way to resolve the outstanding issues in their marriage.
A petitioner can also file for divorce citing fault. The state recognizes nine grounds for divorce, including adultery, extreme cruelty and substance abuse. Pursuing an at-fault divorce when there were these issues at play can help the spouse filing suit seek a greater share of property, higher alimony payments and more favorable child support and custody arrangements.
Even under the best of circumstances, divorce is not simple. There are many decisions that need to be made by both parties concerning alimony, child support, child custody, finances, debt, property and other issues. When both parties are on fairly good terms, these decisions can usually be worked out over time, but any animosity that exists can make the process more difficult.
Do I need a lawyer to file for divorce in Maine?
No, but our divorce lawyers understand that every situation is different and that some cases are more complicated than others. We understand the stress, emotional pain and worry that are part of any divorce. We will work with you to develop an appropriate strategy and reach solutions that work for both parties.
The least stressful divorce process is mediation. This is when both sides agree to meet with a neutral third party, who guides a conversation about the issues. Another option is collaborative law, in which the two parties and their attorneys agree to resolve issues through negotiation. Sometimes, court is unavoidable and divorce will need to be resolved through litigation.
Whatever process you pursue, our attorneys will always have your best interests in mind. We understand that the decisions you make now can affect your life for years to come. Our goals it to help you find a resolution that meets your needs as quickly as possible so you can move forward in our life.
If you are facing divorce or another family law issue, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced divorce lawyers. We can review your situation, go over your legal options and answer your questions. Our offices are located in Waterville and Portland.