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Adopting a child is one of the most exciting decisions your family will ever make. Since adoption can be a long and difficult process, you’ll need a knowledgeable attorney who can help you file the petition and complete all of the necessary documentation.

Divorce is often complicated, especially if you and your spouse own a business. The court determines the value of commercial assets, which are then distributed equitably between each party. Protect your rightful assets alongside a skilled attorney who can build a strategy in your favor.

Child custody is a highly contentious issue in divorce, and parents may fear for their place in their child’s life. But divorce doesn’t mean never seeing your child again. Our attorneys put your child’s best interests first.

If you or your child are experiencing sexual or physical abuse, you may be feeling scared and alone. Our attorneys can help you file a protection order or a petition to terminate the parental rights of the offending parent.

Your family’s lifestyle changes as the years pass, so modifying a child custody decree is sometimes necessary to address your ongoing needs. An attorney makes the process simpler by providing comprehensive answers.

Child support payments are made by the noncustodial parent to fulfill the child’s financial needs. These payments are determined by several key factors, such as both spouses’ incomes. Our team can help ensure you receive a fair settlement.

When a parent owns a marijuana-related business, it can be difficult to determine how much money they earn since these dispensaries aren’t well moderated. As a result, you’ll need a knowledgeable attorney to determine the proper amount of child support payments.

During the property division phase of a divorce, the courts may have trouble determining the value of a small business formed as an LLC in Maine. A trial lawyer can help you determine if you may need a forensic accountant to determine its value.

After child abuse allegations, the DHHS will perform an investigation to determine the truth of these claims. Learn how you can prepare and how an attorney can protect your rights to visit your child.

Divorce is one of life’s toughest transitions, but it’s often a gateway to a happier life. Prepare for divorce alongside an attorney who defends your rights and prioritizes your goals. We guide you through property division, child custody agreements and other vital decisions.

Domestic violence accusations can make a divorce even more complex. These claims should not be taken lightly since they can impact your future. Defend your rights and learn how you can settle the divorce while protecting what’s important to you.

Family law disputes typically involve emotional and complex issues that may make your future seem uncertain. However, rest assured that there are several methods to reaching a settlement that put your best interests at the forefront. Our skilled attorneys represent clients in divorce, child custody disputes and other highly contested family law matters.

Divorce is difficult enough, but when your spouse refuses to compromise, you may encounter significant obstacles throughout the process. If you’re facing a high conflict divorce, you will need a tenacious legal advocate who defends your rightful assets and parental responsibilities.

When children are involved in a divorce, your concern for your child’s future is paramount to the case’s resolution. Our attorneys work hard to help parents secure a fair amount of rights and responsibilities to maintain their bond with their children.

In Maine, the equitable distribution of property intends to allocate assets as fairly as possible. The judge determines what is fair on an individual case basis. An attorney can help you understand what this may mean for your circumstances.

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Legal challenges can be stressful and frightening. Our team is here for you at every step.

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Steps of the DIVORCE PROCESS

  • 01
    File or Receive Complaint

    The divorce process officially begins when one spouse completes, serves, and files the appropriate forms. The spouse receiving the forms (being served) will have an opportunity to respond to any claims made.

  • 02
    Financial Disclosure

    Both parties are required to file financial disclosure affidavits detailing their assets and debts in order to help the court and the other party make equitable decisions about support and property division issues.

  • 03
    Initial Conference

    The parties come together in court for the first time at the Case Management Conference (or, for couples without children, a Pre-Trial Conference). This is a chance for the court to understand what issues, if any, are contested.

  • 04
    Mediation

    In Maine, divorcing couples with minor children are required to attend mediation if they cannot agree on parenting and support issues. While participating in mediation is required, reaching an agreement through these talks is not mandatory.

  • 05
    Interim Orders

    For contested matters that need to be addressed quickly, like where the children will live or who gets to drive which car, the court may issue interim orders if no agreement is reached in mediation. These apply until the divorce is final.

  • 06
    Hearing

    Negotiations will continue, and we will advocate for a fair settlement. But, if necessary, our experienced litigators are prepared to defend your best interests in a divorce hearing, in which the remaining disputes will be decided by a judge.

  • 07
    Final Order

    Once a settlement or divorce decree is reached, a final order is entered in court, which officially ends the marriage. Maine requires a minimum of 60 days from initial filing before a final divorce order can be issued.

Experienced Attorneys Here for You

Divorce, child custody disputes and other family law matters can be difficult to navigate, especially when you’re dealing with an uncooperative spouse. When you need assistance negotiating your case and filing legal documents, all while managing your own emotions, our team at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers is ready to answer the call.

We begin by reviewing all facets of your case to produce a clear-cut, solid legal defense that protects your best interests. We pave a way forward through comprehensive legal guidance and tenacious representation, helping you secure child support payments, protect your parental rights, reach a settlement in a highly contested case and other relevant matters. We are your greatest allies in overcoming unexpected challenges that arise each step of the way.

Move confidently towards a brighter future. Contact our attorneys now by phone or using our online contact form to request a consultation.

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We understand that your priority is to secure a better future, whether that’s through a divorce or by modifying your parenting arrangements. Our skilled attorneys use every resource at our disposal to overcome obstacles. Our full commitment to you drives us to achieve outstanding results.

To learn more about the cases we work with, please view our Practice Areas.

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What Types Of Cases Are Handled By STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers?

As an established firm with a team of diverse attorneys, we have the knowledge and experience to successfully represent a wide variety of legal matters. Some of our most common cases involve criminal defense, divorce and family law issues, injury claims, and commercial law. However, you’ll also find that our team has specialized knowledge of many less common legal matters, like Attorney Smith’s extensive experience with federal endangered species litigation.

Will I Have To Appear In Court For A Criminal Charge?

For criminal matters, Maine allows defendants in many misdemeanor cases to waive their right to appear in court if an attorney appears on their behalf. This can be particularly useful for defendants who live out of state, like those charged with OUI while traveling or attending college. If you’re charged with a felony, you will likely need to appear in court.

Should I Hire An Attorney To Start A Business?

If you’re forming a sole proprietorship and don’t plan to have any employees, you likely won’t need to hire a lawyer. However, if you plan to create a partnership, limited liability company (LLC), or corporation, then the agreements and contracts you create should be reviewed by an attorney to ensure that your interests and rights are protected.

How Long Is The Statute Of Limitations For Injury Cases In Maine?

In Maine, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is six years from the time the injury occurred. After this time has passed, you will most likely lose the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. There are also some important exceptions in which the time limit is shorter, like medical malpractice claims and claims against government entities or employees. This is one of many reasons why it’s best to consult a personal injury attorney as quickly as possible after a preventable injury.

We’re Here TO HELP

You deserve outstanding legal guidance in your family law case, and you need someone who knows how to overcome a range of challenges and doesn’t back down when your future is at risk.

STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers knows first-hand how emotional a family law case can be. There’s a lot to contend with, and our attorneys are your greatest advocates as you set out to achieve the results that your family needs. We know that legal matters can be difficult to understand, especially when you are already dealing with the mounting stress of an impending divorce, so we aim to reduce that confusion by providing in-depth advice.

Your goals are ours: we work to understand your hopes and determine the steps needed to make the future you envision a reality. We negotiate but do not compromise your goals in a settlement. We have what it takes to help you progress towards a happier life.

We’re ready to listen to your concerns and devise an effective legal strategy to solve them.

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