Steve and Renee were great to work with! Very professional and realistic. Gave no false expectations or predictions. They communicated everything to us in a timely manner. We will definitely use them again if ever needed! Thank you, Steve and your team!


For my family law case, Steve Smith had a very strong presence and was dominant in the courtroom. The manner in which he carries out cases is something you see in the movies. He was really animated and passionate about my case. His military background is a big asset, and he really helped me out. I would highly recommend him.


We hired Leah M. Baldacci for a family law case and she was so extremely helpful and got me through my case. She’s very professional and takes the time to listen to her clients. She’s a wonderful advocate and a fantastic attorney. If you’re looking for a great attorney, I recommend Leah. Thank you so much for your legal help.

Anonymous Client

I’ve hired Steve for two cases, and I am very pleased with my decision. He fights for his clients and strives for the best outcome. His entire staff is pleasant and wonderful to work with.


I hired Steve for a parental rights case involving my 2 children. He was aggressive but supportive and did not file unnecessary motions that wasted my retainer. I was terrified of court, but with his experience, I felt at ease. The process was explained, and his staff was great as well. I would hire him again if needed and received a great outcome with an order that works for me and my children.

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Maine Parental Rights & Responsibilities Lawyers

Maine Parental Rights & Responsibilities Lawyers

Maine law provides parents with certain rights and responsibilities regarding their children. When parents divorce or separate, they need to decide how they will share these rights and responsibilities. This is similar to child custody determinations in other states.

If your relationship with your child is at risk, you need to seek help from an experienced Maine parental rights lawyer right away. We can inform you of your rights and what to expect in your parenting case.

Compassionate, No-nonsense Representation 

Family law matters can be highly emotional for the people involved, and it is critical that you do not allow your emotions to cloud your judgment. Attorney Steve Smith understands the unique combination of support and straightforward answers that is required to win parental rights cases. He represents parents in a wide range of legal situations, including helping a client get a protective order dismissed and allowing them to maintain parental rights following allegations of neglect.

No matter how complex your case may seem, we can handle it. Reach out today to learn more and get started.

Dividing Parental Rights And Responsibilities In Maine 

Maine law grants that, if no court order is in place, parents have equal rights and responsibilities regarding their children. When married parents divorce, the division of parental rights and obligations is included in the divorce judgment. Unmarried parents who wish to establish parenting orders will need to file a Parental Rights & Responsibilities (PR&R) case

Parental rights orders must include clear guidelines for spending physical time with a child, providing financial support, decision-making authority, and providing support for the child’s well-being. Parents can have many different arrangements, including: 

  • Shared parental rights and responsibilities – Parents with this type of plan will share equal physical time and equal rights to make important decisions for their child’s life. Parents must communicate and co-parent effectively regarding the child, following guidelines set out in the parenting plan.
  • Allocated rights and responsibilities – While parents might share decision-making responsibilities, this arrangement divides their authority by the type of decision being made. For example, one parent might make decisions regarding religion, while the other makes education-related decisions. This is an uncommon arrangement in Maine.
  • Sole parental rights and responsibilities – The court can award sole rights and responsibilities to one parent if the other parent is unable or unwilling to care for the child. The parent without rights will still need to provide financial support for the child.

Maine law favors shared parenting whenever possible, as both parents are presumed to have equal parental rights and responsibilities. However, some situations might require other types of arrangements, especially if there are concerns about abuse or domestic violence within the relationship. Our attorneys can help you determine which arrangement is best for you and your child. 

Consult With A Maine Parental Rights And Responsibilities Attorney 

Some parents accept shared rights and responsibilities and can reach an agreement on their own or with help from their attorneys. However, when parents cannot agree on a parenting arrangement, our firm can help negotiate a resolution or represent you during mediation. If you still cannot agree with the other parent, our experienced trial attorneys can represent you in court.

Your parental rights are far too important to gamble on by hiring an inexperienced lawyer. The legal team at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers has successfully resolved many tough parental rights and responsibilities cases, and we can help you, too. Contact us to discuss your situation.

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Family law matters are often challenging, and you need a tenacious attorney to protect your best interests. Whether you’re facing a divorce or a custody battle, our lawyers are prepared to safeguard your future.

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“We hired Leah M. Baldacci at Steve Smith for a family law case, and she was so extremely helpful and got me through a difficult time. She’s very professional and takes the time to listen to her clients. She’s a wonderful advocate and a fantastic attorney. If you are looking for a divorce attorney that actually cares, I recommend Leah. Thank you so much for your help.”

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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.

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