Maine Revised Statutes

§9-104. Venue; transfer

(a).    If the adoptee is placed by a licensed child-placing agency or the department, the petition for adoption must be filed in the court in the county or division where:
(1). The petitioner resides; [1995, c. 694, Pt. C, §7 (NEW); 1995, c. 694, Pt. E, §2 (AFF).]
(2). The adoptee resides or was born; [2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD).]
(3). An office of the agency that placed the adoptee for adoption is located; or [2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD).]
(4). The parental rights of the minor adoptee's parents were terminated. [2017, c. 223, §5 (NEW).]
[ 2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD) .]
(b).    If the adoptee is not placed by a licensed child-placing agency or the department, the petition for adoption must be filed in the county or division where the adoptee resides or where the petitioners reside.
[ 2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD) .]
(c).    If, in the interests of justice or for the convenience of the parties, the court finds that the matter should be heard in another court, the court may transfer, stay or dismiss the proceeding, subject to any further conditions imposed by the court.
[ 2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1995, c. 694, §C7 (NEW). 1995, c. 694, §E2 (AFF). 1997, c. 239, §1 (AMD). 1997, c. 239, §6 (AFF). 2017, c. 223, §5 (AMD).