Maine Divorce & Family Lawyers
Navigating Complex Family Law Matters
At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our Maine family law attorneys understand the delicate nature of family law cases. We provide compassionate legal guidance during these challenging times, so you can feel more confident about the days and years ahead. Our team brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the intricacies of family law to each case we handle. We approach every situation with empathy, integrity, and a genuine interest in doing what is best for you and your family.
Family Law Cases We Can Handle for You
Family law encompasses a wide variety of different legal matters. If a case involves a family conflict or issue, then it could be a family law case. Also, family law cases that go to court will go to a family court specifically, rather than a civil or criminal court.
We are a highly experienced law firm with many resources and talented attorneys. If you have a family law case in Maine that needs to be handled respectfully and professionally, then you can rest easy knowing that our team can help.
Different family law cases that we can work on include the following and more:
- Divorce: To end a marriage, start by working with one of our divorce attorneys. We can prepare you for all the steps and challenges ahead, which could involve all sorts of other family law issues. Maine allows you to start a divorce based on fault or no-fault, depending on your preference.
- Alimony: Maine uses the term “Spousal Support” instead of alimony. Spousal support can be ordered in a divorce or separation in certain circumstances. It is meant to keep both spouses financially afloat after separating, especially if one spouse has significantly more income than the other. A typical alimony order will require the spouse of greater income to pay monthly support to the other until the alimony order ends, though there are several types of spousal support. Our attorneys can help determine if spousal support makes sense in your case and what type
- Child support: A family law court never wants a child’s well-being to be damaged by divorce or separation. Child support aims to ensure that does not happen. [TF1] In a child support order, one parent will pay child support to the other. Who pays whom and what amount depends on factors such as who provides a majority of the care for the children and each parties’ incomes.
- Parental rights and responsibilities: Maine uses the term ‘parental rights and responsibilities’ when describing child custody. Parental Rights and Responsibilities include parenting time/schedules, decision-making, and residential responsibilities. Parental rights and responsibilities can be shared between both parents, or certain rights can be allocated to one parent if that is in the child’s best interests.
- Relocation: Do you need to move after you divorced? If you share a child with your ex-spouse, then moving can be complicated. Let our Maine family law attorneys help you figure out the best way to relocate when you have a child.
- Property division: Deciding how to divide marital property can be a challenge, especially if you have property that is very important to you. We can help you find a fair way to split the property. We are also equipped to fight for your right to certain pieces of property in family court if necessary.
- Modification: A family court order is not always permanent. When situations change, it might be necessary to change an order, too, which is where modifications can come in handy. For example, if your ex-spouse starts a high-paying job, then you could request a modification to stop paying monthly alimony to them.
- Prenuptial agreement: Preparing for divorce just in case it happens with a prenuptial agreement can be a huge help to any engaged couple. You aren’t planning a divorce with a premarital agreement. You are just working to protect the rights of both parties in the event a decision is made to end the marriage.
- Domestic violence: We proudly help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault seek protection from future abuses. You can also talk to us if you think you were unfairly accused of domestic violence and now your parental rights are in jeopardy.
Why Should You Hire a Family Lawyer?
All legal matters can be complex due to the laws that surround them. However, few cases will also be as sensitive as family law cases because the contending parties are family members. The outcome of the case will change the dynamic of the family in one way or another, so it's important to make sure that things go as smoothly and fairly as possible.
By hiring a family lawyer, you can help avoid unnecessary fights and one-sided situations that threaten to do more damage to the relationship with your family and loved ones. Our Maine family lawyers know how to approach a case and look for the right solution without burning any bridges, as is said. Of course, if you want to distance yourself from the family member involved in your family law case, we are still the right law firm for you. We’re here to uphold and respect your best interests.
Answers to Your Family Law Questions – Call Now
You probably have many questions now that you’re faced with a family law issue. Get all the answers you seek from the reputable Maine family lawyers of Shaheen & Gordon. Trust our experience to guide you through this difficult time with as little stress as possible.
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