Maine Grounds for Divorce

Code Section
Tit. 19-A §§901 to 908

Residency
Parties must reside there and have been married there or resided there when cause of action accrued, or plaintiff resides there in good faith in state 6 months prior to action, or defendant is a resident.

Waiting Period
Court may make it final immediately, but otherwise it is subject to an appeal period.

No Fault
Irreconcilable differences.

Defenses
Recrimination is comparative not absolute defense; sometimes condonation in court’s discretion.

Grounds
Adultery; cruelty or violence; utter desertion for 3 consecutive yrs.; drug/alcohol addiction; impotence; nonsupport; insanity (mental illness—confined for at least 7 yrs. prior to action); irreconcilable differences.


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