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Maine Grandparents Rights in Divorce
Grandparent Rights to Visitation:
Visitation may be granted if at least one of the child's parents or legal guardians has died. Until October 1, 1995, visitation also may be granted if there is a sufficient existing relationship between the grandparents and the grandchild or if a sufficient effort has been made to establish one. In all cases, the visitation must be in the child's best interest and not significantly interfere with any parent-child relationship. Additional affidavit required.
Title 19, Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, Section 1001 (19 M.R.S.A. 1001 et seq.).
When Adoption Occurs:
Adoption terminates all rights.
Child Custody Statutes:
Best interest of child considering:
19 M.R.S.A. 214 & 752.
- child's age,
- child's relationship with each party and other significant persons;
- preference of child, if of suitable age and maturity;
- duration and adequacy of child's current living arrangement, and desirability of maintaining continuity;
- stability of proposed living arrangement;
- motivation of the parties and their capacity to give love, affection and guidance;
- child's adjustment to home, school and community;
- each party's capacity to allow and encourage a relationship between the child and the other party;
- each party's capacity to cooperate in child care;
- the methods for assisting parental cooperation and resolving disputes, and each party's willingness to use those methods;
- effect on the child if one party has sole authority regarding upbringing;
- any history of domestic abuse; and
- any other relevant factor.
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