Maine is the northern-most state of the continental United States where
it touches Canadian territory and the Atlantic Ocean. This ocean-side
state is well-known for its constant harvest of clams and lobsters and
also for giving way to its famous New England clam chowder. As one of
the nation's oldest territories with the landing of the 1607 Plymouth
Company, Maine has expanded and flourished because of its access to
Upon becoming a state Maine created its own set of rules and laws for
how the citizens and people's rights were to be handled. Many of those
laws still exist in present-day Maine and include laws in areas where
the federal government has not yet set specifics. These include gun
laws, bankruptcy laws, divorce laws, labor laws, felony punishment,
expungement, and many others.
Every state in the nation has its own requirements for how divorce
petitions are handled. Maine requires those petitioning for divorce to
be residents of the state for no less than six months. Since divorce
cases are managed through the county circuit courts, each county is in
charges of its own residents. When filing for divorce an individual may
file within his or her county or the county of his or her spouse.
In order for a divorce petition to be legal, it must be sent to the
correct county, or the case will be dismissed. Divorce petitions may
also be granted for those who were married within the state lines of
Maine but are no longer residents. Those serving the United States
military in Maine are considered residents.
When expungement of criminal records is not possible, the sealing of
records may be possible. Maine has three types of records sealing for
those who are eligible. The first form is designed for juvenile
criminal records where three years has passed; the second form is
designed for juvenile cases where no conviction was reached; and the
third form is designed for individuals who do not have current
adjudicatory proceedings for adult crimes or juvenile crimes. Record
sealing is different from expungement and still allows some access to
criminal records. Under both expungement and records sealing, criminal
records are not erased and may later be used as prior offenses in
Maine does not have state laws in regards to personal and family leave
and instead uses those of federal law. The federal Family and Medical
Leave Act allows individuals to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave
for medical or family purposes without employment termination.
Maternity leave and paternity leave are both covered under this law.
This act states that an individual will return to work and receive his
or her former occupation or one of equal pay and benefit.
The Family and Medical Leave Act also allows expectant fathers to take
the necessary leave without termination to care for pregnant wives.
Employers also have the right to hire a temporary employee while
another is on leave but are then required to terminate that employee
when the permanent employee returns from leave.