The State of Maine is a “no fault divorce” state. This means that you do not have to prove anything before you can get divorced. The process of getting divorced can be fairly straightforward and can be done without hiring an attorney. But, if you own property with your spouse, if you and your spouse do not agree about how things should be split up, if you have been married for a long time, or if your spouse’s income is a lot more than yours, it can get complicated. An attorney will make sure that your interests are protected and that you get your fair share of the money and property.
If you are thinking about getting a divorce and no minor children are involved, visit the State of Maine Judicial Branch's website to see a step-by-step guide on the process. The steps can be fairly simple, but if any of it seems confusing or worries you, you should call an attorney. It might not be as expensive as you think to have an attorney help you with a divorce. If you are a Maine resident who is 60 or older, call the Legal Services for the Elderly Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 to talk to an attorney for free and get a referral, possibly at a reduced rate.