“ 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. “
“ 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. “
Handled my Parental Rights Case with Ease
Family law issues tend to be both legally and emotionally challenging. Family law includes divorce, the modification of divorce agreements, parental rights and responsibilities, child protective petitions, and child custody matters. For children born outside of marriage, Maine refers to such actions to determine rights as Parental Rights & Responsibilities cases.
Sexual abuse, unfortunately, can be a factor in family law cases. One parent can accuse the other of sexually abusing the children or stepchildren. Another parent might falsely accuse a parent based on heightened case of anxiety, or simply to gain a strategic advantage.
Family law matters involving sexual abuse make, normally, a stressful situation almost impossible to handle for most people. If you are facing a family law matter that involves allegations of sexual abuse, consult with the Maine family law attorneys at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers as soon as possible
Attorney Steve Smith takes on the toughest custody cases, including those involving sexual abuse allegations. He has experience protecting children when their safety is at risk because of a parent, caretaker, or other family member. Because of his extensive criminal experience, he also defends parents unjustly accused of sexual abuse. He takes a supportive approach with clients and an aggressive approach in the courtroom.
Acts of domestic violence, including sexual abuse, may be taken into consideration when determining divorce agreements, including physical and legal custody of children (also known as parental rights and responsibilities), the division of marital property, and spousal support. We will fight to protect you at every step.
If your spouse is sexually abusive to you or your children, you can request a protective order from the court while your family law case is pending. These temporary restraining orders (TROs) ban the abusive spouse from contacting the victim, directly or indirectly. Such orders can affect Second Amendment rights to possess firearms, financial payments, child custody, or attorney fees.
An order for Protection from Abuse can ban the abuser from contacting the victim for up to two years; such orders can be extended indefinitely.
When served with a protection order, a defendant’s life can be severely disrupted. Conflict with your children, getting kicked out of your own home, payment of child support, spousal support, attorney fees are all an issue. Possession of a firearm for any purpose becomes a federal felony. Let the lawyers at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers guide you through this difficult process.
Sexual abuse can directly affect your parental rights orders. Maine courts make child custody (also known as parental rights and responsibilities) determinations that are based on the “best interest” of the children, and some of the factors that are taken into consideration include:
If you have been wrongfully accused of sexual abuse, we know how to guide you through the storm of competing criminal and family cases, DHHS investigations, and person stress. Steve has represented hundreds, if not thousands, of people accused of sexual crimes and parents who face the accusations as part of a family law case.
The trusted family law attorneys at STEVE SMITH Trial Lawyers in Augusta, Maine, recognize the gravity of family law matters involving sexual abuse. We are dedicated to fiercely protecting the legal and parental rights of clients like you. Our team of experienced lawyers and staff’s primary concern is getting you the best possible results. The outcome of your case is too important to leave to chance, so please do not put off contacting us for more information about what we can do to help you today.
I received a copy of my son's appeal prepared by Carl E. Woock. I cannot tell you how relieved I am to read this appeal.…
Has a ton of experience. Knows the court and the other attorney which should be helpful.
He is a wonderful attorney, and I definitely recommend him. Thank you very much for your help & support, Steve!
Contacted me promptly & provided professional & extremely useful info which allowed me to have a better understanding of the legal context of the issue.
A+, very helpful & understanding. I'm sure he could've charged much more. I will go to him again if I ever have a legal issue.
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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