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Your Rhode Island Divorce Laws 2017

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Rhode Island Residency Requirement
According to the Rhode Island Divorce Laws and Rhode Island Divorce Guidelines, one of the spouses must have been a resident of Rhode Island for at least one year before filing for divorce

Place of Divorce (Venue)
The divorce can be filed in:
County of the defendant if the defendant has satisfied the residency requirement, otherwise county of the plaintiff

Rhode Island Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for a No-Fault divorce:
(1) Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage
(2) living separate and apart without cohabitation for 3 years

Grounds for Fault based divorce:
(1) impotence
(2) adultery
(3) abandonment and presumed dead
(4) alcoholism and/or drug addiction
(5) willful desertion for 5 years
(6) cruel and inhuman treatment
(7) bigamy
(8) gross neglect

 

NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in Rhode Island, the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , as shown in the RI divorce guidelines, is where BOTH spouses agree on the divorce terms such as Rhode Island property distribution, Rhode Island child support, or Rhode Island child custody. Our clients (75%) usually prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the completed divorce forms and are agreed to the divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , from the Rhode Island divorce guidelines and RI divorce laws, is a divorce where your spouse doesn’t sign the Rhode Island Divorce paperwork or Rhode Island divorce forms. They simply doesn’t do anything at all… with the divorce. They simply default on their side of the case. And YOU who filed FIRST get whatever you ask for in the originally filed divorce forms. NICE

 

Rhode Island Divorce Resources
Here are the important divorce resources for Rhode Island:

 

The Divorce Process to File Your Divorce in Rhode Island
There are only a couple basic steps to a divorce:

  • File Your Divorce Papers for Rhode Island at your Local County Courthouse (Rhode Island Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse by Service of Process of your filing for divorce in Rhode Island
  • Attend your Rhode Island divorce court hearing. That is it!

 

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Rhode Island Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the marital property is to be divided so that spouses agree on how to divide it. The main focus here is to agree on the division of the property…so that it doesn’t create a big fight that one party will want to go to a Rhode Island divorce lawyer to make the divorce into a “Contested Divorce.” Then YOU will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too. Which can be huge.

  • Debts Most couples going thru a divorce, set out who will pay what debts as part of their Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA), and close all of their joint bank accounts.
  • Rhode Island Alimony Laws (Rhode Island Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested “Agreed or Default” Divorce, spousal support may be awarded to either spouse for their maintenance and support. Both parties must agree to it however…since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the Rhode Island divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in one lump sum payment OR the use of a payment plan has become popular in the last 10 years as well. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Child Custody Laws
Easy Definitions: (source: divorce process in Rhode Island and RI divorce laws)

  • The Visitation Plan is the Plan the parents have on WHERE the children will live and WHEN the children will visit each spouse
  • Legal Custody is different than the Visitation Plan. It is the parent’s ability to make core decisions in the lives of the children…like, which church they will attend.
  • Physical Custody Is the parent’s choice of where the children will live. Also, which parent they live with and when they will exchange.

Rhode Island Child Custody in a “Shared Custody” arrangement, is the normal method of our Rhode Island divorce customers. If a “Sole Custody” arrangement is to be considered, then there typically must be a very good reason . Usually the job or financial status of a spouse is not to be considered for allocating any parental rights. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody may be awarded to the Best Interests of the Child, of course.

Your Rhode Island Child Support Laws
If the 2 spouses are unable to agree to a specific $amount of child support, there are Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines that determine the amount for you. The guideline amount is supposed to arrive at a support amount that is in the child's best interest. However, most divorcing couples agree to a $number on their own, that will work just fine. Also NOTE, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Rhode Island Legal Separation

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You can calculate your child support in Rhode Island right here.

The Missing Spouse Problem
If you don’t know where your spouse is currently located…in the USA or outside the USA… you may still get a divorce in Rhode Island. It may involve the extra expense of running a newspaper ad or something similar, but it is doable and we help clients through the process everyday.

Wife’s Maiden Name Change
The Wife’s Maiden Name can be returned in the divorce process, if she wishes. We include the maiden name change in in our service as a FREE GIFT.

Your Local County Court Fees
Upon filing for divorce your local county court, they will charges some fees. They have to pay the clerks and the judges. The usual range is between $75 and $200 to file a divorce. Every county does vary. So the best way to know is to call your county in the blue government section of your phone book. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a Rhode Island divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in Rhode Island, you will be paying your own filing fees.

 

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