Maine Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Maine
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Maine. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Maine online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Maine are as follows:

  • The plaintiff has resided in good faith in this State for 6 months prior to the commencement of the action
  • The plaintiff is a resident of this State and the parties were married in this State
  • The plaintiff is a resident of this State and the parties resided in this State when the cause of divorce accrued; or
  • The defendant is a resident of this State
  • The divorce may be filed in either county in which the parties reside
  • The right to file a complaint or bring a petition may not be denied a person for failure to meet a residency requirement if the person is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty stationed in this State or the spouse of that member or a parent of a child of that member. The member is deemed to be a resident either of the county in which the military installation, or other place at which the member has been stationed, is located or of the county in which the member has sojourned

  • (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 4 - Sections: 155 and Title 19-A - Section 902)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Maine:

  • No Fault:
    • Irreconcilable marital differences
  • Fault:
    • Adultery
    • Impotence
    • Extreme cruelty
    • Desertion continued for 3 consecutive years prior
    • Abuse of liquor or drugs
    • Cruelty or Neglect
    • Cruel and abusive treatment
    • Mental illness

    (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 902)

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