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March 2017 Archives

Why should young couples get prenuptial agreements?

Prenuptial agreements are becoming more common among people of all ages and income levels. They're no longer the province of older, wealthy people or even young people with significant inheritances and trust funds. In fact, the increase in prenups among millennials is particularly significant.

Your attorney can help you locate and price assets in divorce

Divorce can be a difficult time for everyone involved. If your former spouse is attempting to hide assets or retain more of the estate than is legal, you will likely have a difficult divorce. In cases where one spouse is attempting to hide assets, the help of an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney is critical to an equitable and fair outcome the divorce.

What is considered 'income' in determining child support?

Divorcing couples and their attorneys generally strive to reach agreements on the issues to be hammered out, like child support, without having to take these matters before a judge. However, if the issue of child support payments needs to go to court, there are legal guidelines for judges to follow.

Is it time for a divorce?

The author Herman Hesse famously said, "Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go." This could easily be about divorce. Many try to hang on to a dead marriage because they think they're being strong for the children or holding the family together. Some stubbornly hang on for years and years, ignoring their needs and never living the life they deserve. There are times when it's better for everyone involved to just let go.

Tips on getting a child support modification

At the time you signed the divorce papers and agreed to pay a certain amount of child support, it may have been an ideal situation. However, we all know how quickly life can change. We can lose a job, get demoted and have a debilitating injury derail our plans completely. When that happens, you can file for a child support modification from the courts.

Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey finalize divorce

Let's face it — the phrase "amicable divorce" is, more often than not, an oxymoron. Yes, there are rare cases when a couple "consciously uncouples," everything goes smoothly and neither side harbors any hurt or ill feelings. In most cases, though, divorce is a tough, contentious time as both sides work through the pain of dividing assets, deciding child custody and settling on the ins and outs of support.

Understanding Property Division

When you meet someone, fall in love, and decide to get married, you never imagine that one day you will want to divorce that person. Unfortunately, the reality is that the harder parts of life often interfere with love and about half of the marriages in the United States end in divorce. Divorce is almost always complex, heartbreaking, and expensive. However, when you are a high profile couple or one with many assets, divorce is often much worse.

Lawmaker seeks to treat pets as more than property in divorces

In the aftermath of a divorce, most everyone needs to be around those they love and who love them. For many of us, that includes our four-legged family members. It's no wonder that so many couples battle vigorously during the divorce proceedings over custody and visitation of their pets.

Did you know joint physical custody is rare in Rhode Island?

You've tried to make your marriage work through thick and thin, but the reality is that divorce is what it's come down to. Your first thought is about your children: who will they live with, and how will they be impacted by the divorce? You would love for your children to split time living between you and your spouse --- after all, your child loves both parents, even if both parents could not make the marriage work out.

Why you should pay child support during a contentious divorce

Divorce is painful. If your former spouse has custody of your children during the divorce, it can be difficult to adjust. Instead of spending every day with your children, now you see them one night a week and on weekends. As if that weren't bad enough, you also have to pay child support for all the time when you aren't with them. It can be heartbreaking and frustrating, particularly if your former spouse is being antagonistic toward you. If you aren't getting the visitation outlined in the temporary orders, it can be tempting to withhold child support until you get your visitation as promised.

Understanding Complex Asset Division

As you fall in love and plan to get married, you never anticipate that one day you will be involved in a nasty divorce with the person whom you love. Therefore, many people fail to do their due diligence and obtain a prenuptial agreement prior to their wedding. Unfortunately, for high-profile couples or couples that obtain a great many assets both before and after their marriage, their divorce will be far more complex than the average dissolution. Any divorce is filled with high levels of emotion, stress, and negative feelings. However, high asset divorces tend to be far more complex due to the intricacies and number of assets that need to be analyzed, valued, and divided for the divorce.

Annulment does not lessen your Role in Child Custody & Support

Getting divorced is widely considered to be the last resort option when a couple fails to resolves their marital problems. Having stuck by each other’s side through thick and thin, it is only a matter of time before something ruins the marriage beyond healing. In such a situation, emotions are heightened, allegations flung in either side and each spouse considers packing up and leaving for good. Crucial concepts such as property division and child custody come into play as both spouses grapple with the idea of who will retain sole custody of the kids.