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Legal Information: Maine

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
March 4, 2020

What is the definition of "extended family member" or "unpaid care provider?"

For the purposes of filing for this type of protection from abuse order, “extended family member” includes, but is not limited to someone who is related to you by:

  • blood;
  • marriage; or
  • adoption.1

Note: It does not matter if you ever lived with this person or not.1

Unpaid care provider” includes, but is not limited to, someone who voluntarily provides full-time, part-time or occasional personal care to you in your home similar to the way a family member would provide personal care. This person cannot be paid for his/her services.1

ME ST T. 19-A § 4005(1)