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The issue for this work is not whether or not conflict is or is not a fact of life in the interpersonal transactions between people; for as long as there are people who may think, feel, behave or perceive things differently from others, there will be conflict. What is very much at issue however is the better means by which conflict over divorce and post-divorce matters are resolved.
There are many so-called alternate dispute resolution mechanisms available in Maine. Mediation with a court mediator is generally required in any family law matter before the case may go to trial. That is, if the parties do not agree on all issues, they have to attend mediation in an attempt to resolve their dispute.
In order to file for divorce in the state of Maine there are different residency requirements that the spouses may meet. The plaintiff must have lived in Maine for at least six months prior to the petition, or lived in Maine and was married in the state, or lives in the state and the reasons for divorce occurred in Maine, or the defendant lives in the state.
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