Divorce in Maine

Nicknamed The Pine Tree State, Maine has a significant divorce rate.

Filing for divorce in Maine requires one of these residency requirements to be met:

  1. The plaintiff (filing party) must be a Maine resident for six months before filing
  2. The plaintiff is a Maine resident, and the couple was married in Maine
  3. The plaintiff is a resident of the state, and both of you lived in Maine when the cause if the divorce occurred
  4. The defendant (non-filing party) is a resident of Maine1

Maine is a no-fault divorce state with several fault-based grounds for Maine divorce. A judge can grant a no-fault divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. At-fault grounds include adultery, impotence, extreme cruelty, desertion for three consecutive years, drug and alcohol addiction, cruel treatment, non-supportive even with the ability, and incarceration.2

Maine is an equitable distribution property state, and only property acquired during the marriage is subject to division following divorce. Maine divorce laws attempt to divide marital property in a manner believed to create a fair and equitable result. The judge will also consider non-monetary contributions.3

1ME ST T. 19-A § 901(1)

2ME ST T. 19-A § 902(1,2)

3ME ST T. 19-A § 953