Maine Child Custody Case: Best Interest of the Child

In 2010, the district court issued a divorce judgment awarding Mother and Father shared parental rights and responsibilities of their child and granting Mother primary custody of the child.

In 2011, Father filed a motion to modify the divorce judgment, claiming that the child, who had been living in a truck with his mother, had not had a stable living environment following the divorce and that returning him to a living arrangement in the truck could have significant negative effects on the child’s well-being.

The court granted Father’s motion to modify and awarded him primary residence of the child.

The Maine Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court evaluated the evidence with the best interest of the child in mind, and therefore did not err or abuse its discretion.

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