“ 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. “
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Domestic violence is a serious concern for the courts in Maine. Oftentimes, divorce or parental rights actions are accompanied by allegations of domestic violence. If you are experiencing domestic violence or if there is an allegation of domestic violence against you, you should speak to an experienced Family Law Trial Lawyer immediately.
Many individuals experiencing domestic violence wish to obtain a “Restraining Order” against the perpetrator. In Maine, this document is called a “Protection from Abuse Order”.
To obtain a Protection from Abuse Order, you must be experiencing “abuse” as defined by the statute. Abuse includes the following occurrences between family members, household members, or dating partners, or upon a minor child:
A Family Law Trial Lawyer will help you complete a Complaint for Protection from Abuse, in which you will describe the abuse allegation in detail. At this time, you may request that the Court issue a “Temporary Protection from Abuse Order”. If the Court determines that a Temporary Order is necessitated given the underlying facts, this Temporary Order will provide you with protection until your formal Protection from Abuse Hearing.
There are additional documents that your Trial Lawyer will help you complete, which may be required when you file your Complaint for Protection from Abuse, including:
Some of these documents are optional and depend on whether you would like to keep your contact information private for safety reasons or if you have minor children with the Defendant and there is no Child Support Order in place.
Within 21 days of filing your Complaint for Protection from Abuse, the Court must conduct a Hearing to determine whether a Protection from Abuse Order is appropriate and for how long the Order should remain in effect. A Protection from Abuse Order may extend up to two years from the date of the Hearing. If following the two-year period a Protection Order is still necessary, a Trial Lawyer can help you request an extension with the Court.
Before your Protection from Abuse Hearing, your Trial Lawyer will have the opportunity to negotiate with the Defendant. If you are unable to come to an agreement, you will have the opportunity to have a Hearing before the Court. During this time, your Trial Lawyer will present testimony and evidence to the Court to prove your case.
If a Protection Order is issued and the Defendant violates the Order, the Defendant may be arrested, serve time in jail, or be required to pay certain fines.
If the Court has held a hearing a determined that domestic violence occurred in the home, and the parties subsequently file for a Family Matter in the Court, such as a Divorce or Parental Rights & Responsibilities case, the Court may consider these findings of fact of domestic violence when determining the primary residence of the child or child-parent contact.
For example, the Court may order the following conditions of parent-child contact in cases involving domestic violence:
There are negative consequences if the Court determines that you or the other party willfully misused the Protection from Abuse process to try to gain certain tactical advantages in a later Family Law Matter by falsifying abuse allegations.
The Court may determine that such willful misuse tends to show that the acting parent will have a lessened ability and willingness to cooperate and work with the other parent in the future if the parents share responsibilities for the child, which could impact your parent-child contact.
If you are being falsely accused of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact Family Law Trial Lawyer.
The presence of domestic violence can add an additional layer of stress and uncertainty to your Divorce or Parental Rights matter. If you are facing domestic violence along with additional family or divorce matters, contact one of our Family Law Trial Lawyers to schedule an initial consultation. We are here to help you.
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