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Jeanette M. Durham

Divorce and separation Attorney at Kennebunk, ME

5.0   29 reviews
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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State ME
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jeanette

Learn Jeanette’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%

  3. Child support
    20%
    Prior to becoming an attorney in 2013, I worked for the Maine Department of Health & Human Services as a child support enforcement agent. I was assigned to establish, modify, and enforce family support orders for DHHS in York County courts.

    16 years

  4. Family
    20%
    Protection From Abuse (PFA), Protection From Harassment (PFH), Adoption

LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN MAINE AND FOCUSED ON MAINE FAMILY LAW.

 

My law practice focuses exclusively on helping clients resolve issues relating to divorce, child support, child custody and visitation.  Clients have the option of hiring me to give advice about a specific issue or for full representation in family matters heard in York or Cumberland counties.  
 
Pre-litigation analysis:
Sometimes life does not go as planned - when things are going wrong, it is important to understand the court process early on.  I can offer clients with ongoing guidance and insight, to help guide you during those difficult times.
 
Multi-State Child Custody and Child Support Issues:
In my former position as a Child Support Enforcement Agent at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, I gained extensive experience dealing with out of state orders relating to child custody and child support. When parents reside in multiple states, the analysis to determine who has jurisdiction to modify or establish an order can be confusing and requires a careful analysis by an attorney with experience in this area.   
 
Appeals:
Arguing before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court was an incredible experience that I look forward to doing again.  I love family matter appellate work - having argued to undo a lower court's decision and also fighting to uphold favorable decisions issued by lower courts. 
 
Community Involvement: 
I am part of the Family Division of the American Bar Association, a member of the Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, and also a member of the York Bar Association.  I also enjoy being an assistant coach for the Kennebunk High School mock trial team.

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Location

Maine Family Law, LLC
11 Main Street, Suite 5
Kennebunk, ME, 04043

Reviews

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Posted by Greg Flagg | March 1, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Jeanette Durham is the best!
Jeanette Durham, is an amazing Attorney. She went above and beyond to secure a great result for my family and I. Very well prepared and was spectacular at trial. Could not be more happy with the end result. Thanks so much Jeanette! You are the best.
Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Only lawyer I will ever have
Jeanette has been my lawyer for a lot of years. I first hired her to get custody of my son and I got it. I’ve had to rehire her every time that my sons mother files something else to try to take custody back. Every time we had a trial and every time I kept custody. She helped me every step of the way. She is not cheap but she is worth every penny and it could have been worse because there were plenty of times when I looked on my bill and saw that she did not bill for things she did. She’s not the type that bills you for every single possible dollar that she could get.
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Posted by Jennifer A | May 20, 2020
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Hire Jeanette...don’t look any further!
Jeanette has been an amazing asset to our family. She’s thorough, down to earth, gives you all options, isn’t driven by money but instead is driven by doing what’s right. We are forever grateful to her for what she has done and continues to do to help our family.
Posted by Erika | July 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
You want Jeanette on your team!
I hired Jeanette Durham for four cases. Two cases in 2016 and two cases in 2018. I'm so grateful for her. One was a very sensitive PFA case. She was extremely professional and made me feel comfortable with her. She was was right by my side at one of the most painful times in my life. I don't know what I would've done without her. She was my my rock! We got the best results we could've. We both we very happy with the outcome. The second case was to modify my custody agreement. This motion to modify wasn't filed my myself but from my child's father. He was claiming I was unfit and my child wasn't safe in my presence. Which this person was the same person who I filed the PFA against. With those strong allegations she helped me get a new modified agreement filed. She typed the entire agreement out even though the defendant filed the motion and didnt know what he wanted. So, we took some time and we put in every situation we could think of from holidays to passport related issues. She even added in extra words just incase laws change for tax purposes. So my agreement will always be a valid one. Some other attorneys don't and then you would have rehire them to fix it. She's a very detail-oriented and organized attorney which I loved because it can be very stressful having to go through something like this. She had my best interest in mind. We ended up not having to go to trial on either case which was what I wanted. If you hire Jeanette she will fight for you like she fought for me. I wouldn't hire anyone else!
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Posted by Lindsay | July 13, 2018
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Jeanette is the best!
I have never needed to use a lawyer before but I'm so glad I choose Jeanette out of the myriad of options. Jeanette made an otherwise difficult and painful process as smooth as possible for me. There were no grand promises only truthful explanations of what to expect. I got the sense from the get-go that Jeanette truly cares about difficult family dynamics and wants what is in the best interest of any children involved, and that her end goal is to protect the children while recognizing the fact that two people still need to continue co-parenting in the aftermath. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing a thoughtful and caring lawyer to handle family issues, divorce, or, child custody matters. Jeanette is honest and compassionate with a strong work ethic to see things to completion.
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Posted by Diana & Greg | January 2, 2018
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We're so thankful to have found Jeanette Durham!
Words cannot begin to express how thankful we are for Attorney, Jeanette Durham. Jeanette is absolutely the best, hands down. We feel genuinely blessed to have had such a kind, caring, knowledgeable attorney, to be by our side throughout a two year custody battle. Jeanette was there to listen and talk during the worst times, helping us to cope with the uncertainties and fear that people face in these situations. She was also there to kindly protect us from unnecessary stressors at court. Beyond her compassion, Jeanette is ( in our limited experience in a court room ) so very articulate and charismatic in the court room. She takes charge and follows through, working hard for her client. We would absolutely use Jeanette again in the future! Sincerely, Diana & Greg
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Posted by Dennis | March 2, 2016
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There is a Lawyer in this world with a heart
I somehow found Jeanette and presented my case (which had previously been to court with an extremely bad outcome). She took it on and worked very hard for me and she managed to turn some things toward the positive for me. Due to the high stress levels that can be attained during the long and drawn out process of court proceedings she always made me feel at ease. I feel she went way above and beyond with her handling of my case. Her professionalism, and tenacity were exemplary. other lawyers who have become complacent at their craft would be wise to look upon Jeanette's compassion and zest as an example of how it should be done. Its too bad that she's not diversified in all aspects of the law, she would be my attorney anytime. Jeanette, if you read this....Thank you so much
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Posted by Chad | January 25, 2017
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The absolute best!
Jeanette was my attorney for 2 years in a family matter. She is hands down the best!! I'm pretty stubborn about things, but when she told me that if I listen to her and do what she says, things will go so much smoother. And boy was she right! I followed her advice on everything and we prevailed!! Jeanette isn't one of those attorneys that is just looking for a paycheck. Jeanette truly cares about you and your case! In all honesty, after working with her for 2 years, I'm going to miss talking with her. A great person on all levels!
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Posted by Chris | March 26, 2023
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Literally the best Attorney in Maine
About four years ago I had to go back to court to modify my Court order. I called about 10 different lawyers in Maine. I thought I had made up my mind about who to go with until I received a call back from Jeanette. Midway though our first conversation I realized she was the lawyer I needed , little did I know how correct I was. This was supposed to be a simple modification to the exchange times and to put a set holiday schedule in place since there wasn't one yet. But this is not how it played out by any means. My coparent entered her own counter motions to the order and then Covid-19 happened. This turned into a 4 year ordeal. During those 4 years I was not prepared for anything that was going to happen. Jeanette was a godsend and was there for me every step of the way. She left no stone unturned and was very honest about everything and anything that could happen. She made no promises that she could not keep. She fought for what was best for my son and my family every step of the way. Jeanette was someone I was able to really trust throughout this case. From every mediation , status conference, and especially preparing for trail I could tell she really cared. Jeannette went above and beyond with everything. She was able to present my point of view better than I could of ever hoped. Not only did she get what we motioned for but once trial was over I ended up with Primary residency and primary desicion making for my son's education and medical needs. Not only did Jeannete win the trial but she also won the Appeal that was filed shortly after. Watching Jeannete in court was truly amazing . She presented the case beautifully and was prepared for anything that was thrown at us . She is a true professional and a master of her craft. If you want the best Attoney in Maine then look no further. Jeanette Durham is the by far the best you can get. She is worth every penny. I would hire her again if I ever find myself in that position.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2022
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Amazing
She fought for me the whole way through my divorce. She was an advocate for the truth and was always there to answer any questions and was very patient in explaining how the process works. Highly recommend!
Posted by Jamie | June 26, 2019
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Wonderful!
I called multiple lawyers and had to leave a voicemail on all. Jeanette was the only one that called me back. I hired her immediately. Met with her and did the consultation and was very happy. She followed through everything and I left very happy in the end. I would highly recommend her. Very down to earth!
Posted by anonymous | December 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Five Stars
When I consulted with Jeanette Durham I was completely overwhelmed by the court process. When I hired her I felt a huge sense of relief and confidence in her. She fought for me and my child to ensure our safety through a domestic violence divorce situation. I couldn't have got through it without her.
Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2018
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Wonderful
Explained pros and cons of every step and worked with everyone to come up with an agreement with no need for trial.
Posted by Michael | July 11, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Jeanette is the best
When I went in to have a consultation with Jeanette I was nervous I didn't know what to expect. She was very welcoming when I came through the door I felt very comfortable talking about my case with her and she gave valuable advice on how to approach my situation and knowledge of what my rights are in my unique situation. I came out of the consultation knowing a lot more about what to do next to get my life back. I would definitely use Jeanette again if I need help with legal advice anytime. Thank you Jeanette you are the BEST!!!
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Posted by Felicia | December 28, 2017
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Great experience
I had a great experience with Jeanette. I hope to never have to get divorced again, but if I did, I would use Jeanette again. I didn't have as hard of a divorce as some people, since my ex-husband and I are on good terms and had everything pretty much settled, but Jeanette seemed to make everything go that much more smoothly.
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2017
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Extremely satisfy. I highly recommend Jeannette Durham
Right from the beginning Jeannette take the time to understand your situation. Also, you sense quickly that she does care about you and the challenges you are facing. She has a deep understanding of the legal system and all it's ramifications. She is also financial savvy when it comes to negotiate. She will notice detail that she will leverage to your advantage. She has been very pleasant to work with and alway make me feel good in the most overwhelming situation. She was very pleasant to both side. She is very well know at the court house and respected by the mediator and magistrate ( judge). Jeanette is the lawyer you want by your side especially when the negotiations get very emotional and complexe. She will look out for you and make sure you understand what is been presented. She will gently request to have private conversations with you to make sure you understand the long term impact of any agreement you are about to made. I felt at peace and extremely confident having Jeannette representing me in the most challenging and emotional situation of life. I could go on and on. I would say stop looking for a lawyer and choose Jeannette. You will be very glad you did and all is over.
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Posted by Nick | January 26, 2017
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Great lawyer
I was referred to Jeanette Durham from a friend to help with a child support issue. It seemed simple enough the state of maine has the worksheet online and I thought it was going to be smooth sailing. The case took a very unexpected turn and I was so glad I hired miss Durham. She made herself available anytime I had a question, even early on a Sunday. When we appeared in court miss Durham, for lack of a better word, owned the obviously unprepared defense lawyer. Miss Durhams positive rapport with the judge helped keep the hearing on track to keep time and money spent at the court house down to a minimum. TL;DR. She is very talented, aggressive in court, and shows she really cares for her client.
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Posted by Raquel | November 18, 2016
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With her I was able to get my life back.
I’d like to first say that Mrs. Durham is probably the most kind, understanding and poised person I’ve ever met. She worked closely with me in obtaining an order of protection from abuse. Prior to this case I had been dragged through hell and back. I was tired, defeated & and I ultimately felt alone. Mrs. Durham gave me a voice when I felt I did not have one. She believed and conveyed that I was worth fighting for. For someone who has been abused, I cannot describe the feeling of relief when you realize you don’t have to do this on your own anymore. In the begin, everything about the legal system seemed so complicated and stressful to me. Mrs. Durham made it a priority to go over everything and put it in its simplest form so that I could understand it. There were no surprises. She prepared me for every step and explained what the possible outcomes could be. The more I understood the more confident I became in myself and in my case. When it came to the date of the hearing Mrs. Durham presented herself with such proficiency. Her questions and statements in the courtroom were strategic and impressive. You could not ignore her presences nor her passion for what she believed in. When it was time for me to testify, I was allowed to cry and express my fears. I was given an opportunity to feel safe and say what I needed to say without the fear of being abused. I honestly don’t know if I would have had the courage to do that if it weren’t for Mrs. Durham's support. After the hearing was all over, I was awarded a 4-year protection order. I was so overjoyed with the judgement. It meant I was free from being a victim. It meant that I could have a life again. I owe so much to my current well-being to Mrs. Durham. She deserves so much credit.
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Posted by Joshua | November 7, 2016
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Excellent Consultation
Extraordinary service! I called Ms. Durham for a consultation and some direction to move forward with my legal matter, and was presented with a friendly, knowledgeable incite. I immediately felt she is all about her clients needs. She is the representation you need!
Posted by Bonnie | October 26, 2016
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My Divorce
I had a seemly complicated divorce. Being elderly, handicapped and out of state defines the complications. I found Ms Durham patient with me, explaining all of the steps involved and forthcoming with all the information I needed for my case. She was also very helpful with my physical limitations not being able to travel out of state. I found Ms Durham trustworthy and a advocate for me. I would highly recommend Jeanette Durham as your attorney. -Bonnie J.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Maine Family Law LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Fairfield & Assoc.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Law Clerk
  • Maine Judicial Branch
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Child Support Enforcement Agent
  • State of Maine Dept. of Health & Human Svcs.
  • 2004 - 2010
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Education

  • University of Maine School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of Southern Maine
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • YOR-22-252; Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • Judgment Affirmed, see MEM-23-29
  • YOR-22-12; Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • Judgment Affirmed, see MEM-22-122
  • Aranovitch vs. Versel; Maine Supreme Judicial Court (2015 ME 146)
  • Affirmed

Associations

  • York Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Family Division Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Committee member: Child Support and Child Custody
  • 2010 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Women's Law Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2004
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Silver
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • 2020 Katahdin Counsel Recognition
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2020
  • 10 Best - Maine
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 2018 Katahdin Counsel Recognition
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2018
  • 2017 Katahdin Counsel Recognition
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2017
  • Katahdin Counsel Recognition
  • Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2016
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction - Maine
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Maine Top Ranked (Under 40)
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • University of Maine School of Law
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Portland Press Herald
  • Resolutions for 2006: A 10 Step Program, If You're Tired Of Conventional Pledges To Improve The Self, Try These:
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • YBA Family Law CLE: How to Get a Little Support
  • Child Support: Enforcement and Establishment
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jeanette because she is not only incredibly knowledgeable in her field, but also incredibly caring and savvy about making sure she has the resources and strategies to navigate her clients through challenging choices. We recently attended a continuing education course together in her area of speciality of family law, and her engagement and obvious passion for excelling in this field was more than apparent. I will refer any inquiries in family law in her part of the state to her without hesitation. I believe that anyone would be in good hands starting the conversation about their family law questions with Jeanette - if she is not the right fit I am confident she would help connect you or your referral to the right resource."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jeanette is the resource I turn to whenever I have a question about family law. Although I don't specifically take cases in that area of law, family law issues frequently arise in many different types of case. I have yet to find a question that she hasn't been able to answer quickly and accurately!"
Child support Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Durham calls on her experience and knowledge to come up with creative solutions that work within the confines of the law. Sometimes this may mean the child support order does not look the way you want it to, but if there is a way to minimize your risk you can rest assured she will find it. Giving the court a path to wind up with the result you want is imperative. She knows the system well and uses her tools to her client's benefit."
Family Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeanette is unfailingly cheerful and determined. While we have never been opposing counsel (yet) I always enjoy seeing Jeanette and talking with her. She is a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeannette is focused, determined, and dedicated to achieving the best results for her clients. She has an excellent knowledge of the law and the unique challenges involved in divorce and post divorce family matters. When I have had the opportunity to work with her, the timeliness of her responses has been beyond compare. She takes her job and the needs of her clients seriously and has a passion for the profession. I have the utmost respect for her am happy to endorse her."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I heartily endorse Jeanette Durham. I have worked with her in the past on several matters and she is always prepared and ready to fight for her client. I have met several of her clients in the course of my practice and all of them have been so happy to have her in their corner. I think if you need help with a family matter, you should definitely give Jeanette a call."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Durham was an able opponent in a contested guardianship matter and she is very knowledgeable about family law and child custody matters.."
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jeanette puts in her time and comes prepared. She has a wealth of child support knowledge."
Family Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse and highly recommend Attorney Jeanette Durham. Jeanette is an exceptional family law attorney with a superior knowledge of the inner workings of DHHS. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jeanette for the past 5-6 years, beginning in law school and later working together as co-workers in a local firm. I have seen her work diligently on many cases, always putting her client’s needs above her own. Overall, Jeanette is committed to getting results, and helping her clients through what can be the most difficult time in their lives."
Family Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jeanette Durham for a number of years and I would highly recomend her. When it comes to family law, I definitely recommend her as she is knowledgable, well orginized, highly motivated and extremly personable."
Family Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jeanette is not only a very knowledgeable attorney, but she is also highly dedicated to providing superior legal services to her clients. She is a tremendous asset to the Maine legal community."
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