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Know the Laws: Maine

  • State Law Overview

    Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

  • Restraining Orders

    Information about protection from abuse orders for domestic violence victims or for elderly, dependent, or incapacitated adults, as well as protection from harassment orders and moving in or out of state with a protection order.

  • Custody

    State-specific information about custody in Maine.

  • Child Support

    Basic information on child support in Maine.

  • Parental Kidnapping

    This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent's consent.

  • Divorce

    General information about divorce with links to Maine-specific information.

  • Housing Laws

    Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking may be protected from eviction, able to terminate their lease without penalty, and more.

  • Crimes

    Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Maine and victim assistance programs.

  • State Gun Laws

    If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

  • Suing Your Abuser

    You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.

Federal Laws

  • Immigration

    Immigration information for victims of domestic violence, crime victims, and others.

  • Federal Gun Laws

    Under federal law, which applies to all states, an abuser may lose his right to have a gun.

  • Military

    Information about military protection orders and confidentiality on military bases.

Tribal Laws

  • Tribal Law

    Information about tribal laws related to domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Religious Law