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Years of Experience
ProfileFamily Law Magistrate Duties: The candidate will conduct case management conferences or hearings. Will issue case management and pre-trial orders; Issue interim child support orders; Issue final orders establishing or modifying child support; Issue orders in child support enforcement actions. In uncontested proceedings or when the parties have reached agreement, Magistrates may: Hear, dispose of, and enter orders on all motions, except as prohibited by statute, rule or administrative order. Issue divorce judgments; Issue paternity judgments; Issue judicial separation decrees; Issue interim and final orders establishing parental rights and responsibilities. Ensure the provision of effective case management for family cases involving children. Facilitate parenting arrangements in the best interest of children at an early stage in the proceedings. Promote education for parties about parenting issues and inform litigants about community services available to help address family problems. Provide court users with information about court processes. 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 cases. Amend the parental rights and responsibilities and parent-child contact provisions of a Protection from Abuse Order to make them consistent with the provisions of a subsequently entered order in a family matters proceeding. Make referrals to alternative dispute resolution services. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Judge.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification: The candidate must be current member of the Maine Bar. Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in family law preferred. Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in domestic violence, child development, and family dynamics preferred. Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques preferred. Substantial experience, knowledge, and training in the principles of case management preferred. Must have ability to communicate effectively with the general public both orally and in writing. Must have excellent writing and listening skills. Strong decision making skill is essential. Must have skill in managing a large and diverse workload.
Job ID: 41060081
State of Maine Judicial Branch
Administrative Office of the Courts
171 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0171