My husband and I have been raising his daughters sons for 9 yrs.Mother and both fathers rights were terminated.My husband has never had much involvement with care,schooling or any special services.He has never taken them to their doctor or cou...
This is an area of rapid change in the law here in Maine. You may have rights as a "de facto" parent. All other things being equal, your husband's rights as a biological grandfather are no more legally compelling that your rights as a non-biological grandmother. The analysis flows from the perspective of the children -- whom they consider to be a parent.
You should not let your husband bully you or threaten you in this way. You should, however, definitely contact a local family lawyer for help, because these laws are very complicated, very new, and a good lawyer can help you make a highly technical argument to the court.
Best of luck to you!See question
My ex husband and I live in separate States and we have an agreement in place for visitations, phone calls etc for our 2 boys. He doesn't hold to any of the agreement and has disappointed the boys numerous times and they have pretty much gotten t...
Maine's Protection from Harassment statutes are designed to prevent one person from harassing another person. There are a variety of ways of "proving" harassment to the court in pursuit of the restraining order. Perhaps the most straightforward path is to contact your local police department and tell them that this woman is bothering you, and ask them to formally tell her to leave you alone. Any violation of this direction from the police sets the table nicely for successfully asking the court for a more formal restraining order.See question
My child is 7 years old. The biological has not been around since 6 months old (I forced visits, though he saw her only 5-6 times). I'm married now 3 years, with my husband 4 1/2 years. We would like to file for adoption and we were wondering if h...
This is a tricky area, and it's almost impossible to predict an outcome, but IF the biological father wishes to press for visitation, he certainly can regardless of adoption proceedings. This would be a family court case, not probate court. That said, the situation you describe doesn't lend itself to more than occasional supervised visitation at most. You shouldn't have too much trouble defending against any actions he might take.
As far as probate is concerned, the same sort of best interest analysis that takes place in family court will take place in the adoption proceeding. The need to tell a good story, and describe a good plan for the child is paramount in a positive outcome. The fact that a bio-dad either does not contest it or shouldn't win because his behavior over the years has been atrocious will only help the petitioner, but shouldn't be the crux of any petitioner's case.See question
Is that considered illegal ?
There are very, very few reasons why a Maine court would entertain evidence or testimony about adultery. Public policy is strongly against the notion of airing out a couple's dirty laundry, or make one party pay for their tawdry -- but otherwise legal -- behavior. (The main exception would be to show a significant waste of marital resources.)
The court is happy to grant you a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. There is no burden of proof...you just have to say that you don't think you can work out your issues.See question
Currently my fiancee and I rent a home, we are the only two on the lease. We have a mutual friend who agreed to pay 1/3 of the expenses to include rent, lights, heat etc. Our roommate hasn't paid his share. After 3 months we asked him to move out ...
You are enduring cracked ribs and physical fights around your child, and you wonder what can be done? It is was me, I would move! Even if there were a court-based way to get this roommate out, that's definitely going to take months, and cost lots. Being right and being smart are not always the same thing. In this case, the smart thing is to cut your losses and move on, even if it's not "right."See question
I was simply parked too long (24 hours). This was in Portland, ME and now live in another city. I have received a traffic since (which I did pay) and no mention of the parking tickets was made. Should I be worried?
I wouldn't worry, but you need to remember that Portland will boot your car if they find it and there are three or more outstanding parking tickets. Just pay the tickets.See question
My Mum passed away. She had a Living Will, a House, a $10,000 Life Insurance Policy, and a $30,000 Trust. According to her Will her Estate was to be divided equally between three siblings; Older Sister, Older Brother, and Myself. My brother spent ...
Sorry for your loss.
You should definitely consult a local lawyer who can gather all the appropriate facts, determine what your rights are, and come up with a game plan for getting what's yours or otherwise holding the others to account.See question
A dog ran into me and broke my left knee at the joint. I was on crutches for 8 weeks and in a soft cast. I have done Pt and am continuing to have pain and limited motion. I am still seeing an orthopedic Dr. I'm not sure what the outcome will be.
Assuming you can tie your accident to the actual dog, then you absolutely should pursue a lawsuit. Also, you don't mention where you were, or what were the circumstances of this event. Any witnesses? In any event, most personal injury lawyers will offer you a free consultation to review your situation in-depth. You should consider contacting a local lawyer.See question
I'm aware that adultery is rarely prosecuted, though it is still illegal in 21 states, but I'm wondering what the rationale for these laws are. I know what the laws say, and the consequences, but can't seem to find the actual reasoning behind it. ...
the plaintiff request is to set apart the non marital property to each party and divide the marital property. I have 20 days to answer and I was wondering what should I answer!? (we do not have children) Is there any form that I should fill or m...
Service of the papers is the first step for Plaintiff. In order for you to protect your rights, you should file an answer and counterclaim. I've added a link to the appropriate form to this post. Filing this form with the court basically tells the court that you are aware of the divorce, and that you want to be heard on any issues in dispute.
So that's the easy part. The harder part is knowing what the law is when it comes to property, and to make sure that you are getting your fair share. Alimony might also come into the mix. The hardest part is getting that fair share by knowing how to work the court system.
The bottom line is that you should absolutely be working with an attorney if you have property on the line. Most local family lawyers will offer a free consultation.See question