Maine Divorce Records

Are Maine divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records in Maine are public records and can be accessed by anyone. However, there may be some information included in a divorce record that is confidential and cannot be released to the general public. For example, the names of minors who were involved in a Maine divorce proceeding would not be released.

How to find a divorce record in Maine?

To find a divorce record in Maine, you can know the county where the divorce was filed. Once you have found out which county it was filed in, you can go there and file an access request or search for online records with the website of that court. Or you can look up the divorce records in the state court. You can also do that there in-person or online. The following is where you can access the Maine divorce record officially:

 

What information does a Maine divorce record contain?

A divorce record in Maine will contain all the documents created during the divorce, including the divorce certificate (a document that states the dissolution of a marriage), and the divorce decree (a court order that is issued by a judge to officially end a marriage). It will also include all the related files and a summary of the issues that were contested in the divorce proceedings.

The information you’ll commonly get from a Maine divorce record is:

  • Date of the divorce and when it was finalized
  • Information about the two parties
  • Assets and liabilities that were divided in the process
  • Description of any asset division and custody arrangements
 

What are divorce certificates in Maine?

A Maine divorce certificate is a legal document that confirms the marriage has been legally terminated. From this certificate, you’ll see some basic details of the divorce, such as the date and location of its happening, and the names and other information about the couple. The divorce certificate is issued by the agency that is maintaining the divorce records in the state of Maine and can only be used as a simple document showing the proof of divorce. Unlike a divorce decree, a divorce certificate in Maine can only be used for limited purposes, such as inheritance, name change, and getting married.

What are divorce decrees in Maine?

A Maine divorce decree is the final order of a divorce court case that ends a marriage legally. Issued by a judge, it contains more details than a divorce certificate. The exact content of a decree will vary depending on jurisdiction but typically includes:

  • The date of the divorce
  • The names and addresses of both spouses
  • The custody arrangements for any minor children
  • Any alimony or child support payments, and how they should be paid
  • Any property settlements agreed upon by both parties
 

There are a few different ways to access Maine divorce decrees. One way is to go to the court website and search for them. You can also request them from the clerks by mail, fax, or in person.