Legal Information: Maine

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

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

State-specific information about custody in Maine.

Basic information on child support in Maine.

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.

Basic information about divorce in Maine.

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

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

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

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

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