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FAMILY DIVISION

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Visit the Family Division's page on the Judicial Branch website

Mission: To provide a system of justice that is responsive to the needs of families and the support of their children.

The Family Division promotes an accessible and timely court process for families in transition, emphasizing mediation and case management while increasing support services in the community. The Family Division is an administrative unit within the Judicial Branch, established to "work with the District Courts to monitor" specific Court dockets impacting Maine’s children and families, including child protection, family/divorce, protection from abuse, and juvenile cases.

The goals of the Family Division are:

      • To promote a timely resolution of family cases.

      • To address promptly the establishment, modification and enforcement of child support orders and other orders in family proceedings.

      • To provide effective case management for family cases involving children.

      • To facilitate parenting arrangements in the best interest of children at an early stage in the proceedings.

      • To promote education for the parties about parenting issues and to inform litigants about community services available to help them address family problems.

      • To provide court users with a better understanding of court processes.

      • To identify domestic relations cases in which there is domestic abuse or a power imbalance in order to protect children and adults and to ensure a fair resolution of the case.

      • To promote civility in divorce and other family law proceedings.

      • To minimize the harm to children caused by family law cases.

      • To make appropriate referrals to alternative dispute resolution services.

The Family Division won the 2008 Special Service Award for their work in developing and producing the Moving Mountains: A Summit on Childhood Development, Parental Participation and Permanency Success seminar. The employees of the Family Division developed and produced this two-day conference designed to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the State's child welfare system.