Portland Child Custody Lawyer, Maine


Includes: Guardianships & Conservatorships, Custody & Visitation

Jennifer T Minkowitz

Administrative Law, Consumer Protection, Elder Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Status:  In Good Standing           

Amy Theresa Robidas

Divorce, Child Support, Child Custody, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           

John A. Turcotte

Family Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Janet K. Kantz

Real Estate, Family Law, Child Custody, Juvenile Law
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  31 Years
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Kate L. Geoffroy

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  34 Years

Tiffany L. Bond

Mediation, Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           

Kenneth P. Altshuler

Real Estate, Arbitration, Family Law, Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  37 Years

Michael Whipple

Divorce, Child Custody, DUI-DWI, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           

Elizabeth F. Stout

Litigation, Child Custody, Children's Rights, Dispute Resolution
Status:  In Good Standing           

Peter A. Dufour

Child Custody
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  22 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

PALIMONY

A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other afte... (more...)
A non-legal term coined by journalists to describe the division of property or alimony-like support given by one member of an unmarried couple to the other after they break up.

SPOUSAL SUPPORT

See alimony.

MARITAL TERMINATION AGREEMENT

See divorce agreement.

MARRIAGE

The legal union of two people. Once a couple is married, their rights and responsibilities toward one another concerning property and support are defined by the... (more...)
The legal union of two people. Once a couple is married, their rights and responsibilities toward one another concerning property and support are defined by the laws of the state in which they live. A marriage can only be terminated by a court granting a divorce or annulment. Compare common law marriage.

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family hea... (more...)
A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family health needs or personal illness. The employer must allow the employee to return to the same position or a position similar to that held before taking the leave. There are exceptions to the FMLA: the most notable is that only employers with 50 or more employees are covered--about half the workforce.

EMANCIPATION

The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order... (more...)
The act of freeing someone from restraint or bondage. For example, on January 1, 1863, slaves in the confederate states were declared free by an executive order of President Lincoln, known as the 'Emancipation Proclamation.' After the Civil War, this emancipation was extended to the entire country and made law by the ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution. Nowadays, emancipation refers to the point at which a child is free from parental control. It occurs when the child's parents no longer perform their parental duties and surrender their rights to the care, custody and earnings of their minor child. Emancipation may be the result of a voluntary agreement between the parents and child, or it may be implied from their acts and ongoing conduct. For example, a child who leaves her parents' home and becomes entirely self-supporting without their objection is considered emancipated, while a child who goes to stay with a friend or relative and gets a part-time job is not. Emancipation may also occur when a minor child marries or enters the military.

GUARDIAN OF THE ESTATE

Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guar... (more...)
Someone appointed by a court to care for the property of a minor child that is not supervised by an adult under some other legal method, such as a trust. A guardian of the estate may also be called a 'property guardian' or 'financial guardian.' See also guardian.

STEPPARENT ADOPTION

The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relativ... (more...)
The formal, legal adoption of a child by a stepparent who is living with a legal parent. Most states have special provisions making stepparent adoptions relatively easy if the child's noncustodial parent gives consent, is dead or missing, or has abandoned the child.

CONSUMMATION

The actualization of a marriage. Sexual intercourse is required to 'consummate' a marriage. Failure to do so is grounds for divorce or annulment.