Maine's domestic partnership law provides limited rights for couples who choose to enter into a domestic partnership (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 22 Sec. 2710). The term "domestic partners" is defined as two unmarried adults who are domiciled together under a long-term arrangement that evidences a commitment to remain responsible indefinitely for each other's welfare.
Registry. Domestic partners may register their partnership by jointly filing a sworn declaration of domestic partnership and paying the required fee.
Legal requirements. To register a domestic partnership, the partners must meet the following requirements:
• Each partner is a mentally competent adult.
• The partners are not impaired or related in a way that would prohibit marriage under state law.
• The partners have been legally domiciled together in the state for at least 12 months preceding the filing with the registry.
• Neither partner is married or in a registered domestic partnership with another person.
• Each domestic partner is the sole domestic partner of the other and expects to remain so.
Legal rights. The rights provided under the law allow partners to make organ donation decisions, make funeral and burial arrangements, and be named as a partner's guardian if the partner becomes incapacitated. A surviving registered domestic partner has the right to inherit property of a deceased partner under the state's inheritance laws. Domestic partners ...