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There are two kinds of support which may be ordered in a family matter in the State of Maine; child support and spousal support.
The track that your family law case will follow through the Court system depends upon whether you have minor children. Today, all new Family cases are filed in District Court. If you don’t have minor children, your case will be handled by a Judge.
Maine requires the petitioner to list the grounds for divorce in the divorce petition. Fault grounds include adultery, impotence, extreme cruelty, desertion, drug and alcohol abuse, failure of one spouse to support the other adequately, confinement in a mental institution for at least seven years prior to action, and abuse. Spouses can also file on no-fault grounds based on irreconcilable differences but the court can order counseling if the non-filing spouse argues against this claim.
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