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Divorce in Rhode Island

Getting a divorce can be an emotional, complicated and detailed process. Not only are you emotionally and physically splitting from your spouse, but you have to go through the legal process of dissolving your marriage. Although you're not legally required to use a divorce lawyer, many people find that hiring an attorney enables the process to move more quickly and smoothly. A divorce lawyer can also help ensure that you meet the legal requirements to file for divorce in Rhode Island and get all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

Things to Know When Filing for Divorce in Rhode Island

Before filing for divorce, spend some time learning about the legal process. You should know that:

  • Rhode Island divorce law requires you or your spouse to have lived in the state for at least one year prior to filing for divorce.
  • Your case will be filed in the Rhode Island Family Court in a county in which either you or your spouse lives.
  • If you and your spouse have minor children, issues related to child custody and child support will also be decided or approved by the judge hearing your case.
  • Rhode Island law requires divorcing couples to split marital property (assets jointly acquired during the marriage) equitably, but doesn't require that property to be split evenly in half.
  • One spouse can request that the other spouse pay alimony, also known as spousal support. Alimony is becoming less common and is usually paid in either a lump-sum or for a specific duration while the lower-earning spouse regains his or her financial footing.
  • At minimum, it takes about five months to complete an uncontested divorce in Rhode Island. If both spouses don't see eye to eye or one spouse contests the divorce, it can take much longer.

Find & Hire a Local Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer

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