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How are spousal support decisions made in Rhode Island?

When you are going through a divorce, you might envision that a finalized divorce will mean that you will be completely financially dependent on your spouse. However, this is not always the case. In circumstances where there is a large disparity between each spouse's prospective income, alimony, or spousal support, may be ordered.

Many divorcing spouses have concerns about how a spousal support order may affect their quality of life in the future if they are ordered to pay. Additionally, they often wonder how alimony decisions are made in the state of Rhode Island. The following are some of the most common questions asked.

When do I have reason to modify spousal support?

If you are a divorcee in the state of Rhode Island, you may be subject to spousal support obligations, otherwise known as alimony. Spousal support can be very hard on your finances, and you may be struggling to make ends meet as a result.

It is very common for spouses to wonder whether they are able to make a spousal support modification after some time has passed, in order to relieve some of the financial burdens. If you want to lower these financial obligations, you should take the time to understand the situations in which the spousal support can be modified.

I have a mental illness. Can I lose custody of my kids?

There is still a great deal of stigma associated with mental illness here in the United States. When those with mental illnesses are parents, their diagnoses can become an issue if the child's other parent, a family member or the state of Rhode Island decides to challenge the custody rights of the mentally ill parent.

To be sure, a parent whose disease is not under control or who is noncompliant with medication may not be competent to care for a child. But it's a sad fact that a parent's mental illness is often used as leverage against them to remove children from their custody after a divorce, break-up or even family rifts.

How can I lower my alimony obligations?

After a divorce has been finalized in the state of Rhode Island, it is often the case that alimony is awarded to one of the divorcing spouses. This means that one party will need to make payments to the other former spouse for a certain amount of time. These arrangements are rarely permanent, and they are usually seen as a way to help the transition of the divorce become smoother from a financial perspective.

If you have been paying alimony to your ex-spouse for some time and you believe that the payments are no longer fair given the situation, you may hold this belief because of a change in circumstances. In this case, you may want to learn more about the law when it comes to alimony modification.

Options For Your Business When You Divorce

Throughout your life you have worked hard for what you have. You went to school, studied hard and graduated. After that, you not only got married, but you also started your own business. You are very proud of your business and everything that you have accomplished. You want that success to continue well into the future.

While your business is doing great, your marriage unfortunately isn’t. You and your spouse have decided that both of you would be better off apart. Now that you’ve decided to divorce, you are worried about your business and the legacy you’ve built.

Economists have a role in tough property divisions questions

Marriage is an emotional decision about an emotional undertaking. It may not seem that economics has any role in emotions during and after the thrill of a wedding, but the science can save precious time and pain for people going through a divorce.

An economic approach to dividing shared property at the end of a marriage is often the best way to get arguing spouses to agree because it is the most objective approach to a very subjective problem. Lawyers can often be helpful during the negotiations over property division by tempering personal reactions and dealing with the legal concept of fairness.

How is child support managed in Rhode Island?

There are many considerations during the difficult process of separation and divorce. But nothing is more important than the present and future for children of a couple, especially if the couple is no more. Rhode Island recognizes the vital need for services geared toward children of divorce with a state agency dedicated to enhancing their well-being.

What are the duties of the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services?

Rhode Island continues to recognize common law marriage

Many people consider common law marriage to be common sense and common knowledge. The English tradition of assigning rights to partners who have lived in the same place for seven years or more has made its way into the laws of a few states. These privileges, however, can cut both ways when they are recognized.

An unusual ruling on common law marriage had to be issued by a Rhode Island judge when she presided over the separation of a couple that had lived together for more than 20 years but never took a vow of marriage. The male partner argued that they had fewer commitments to each other than a marriage suggests.

Tips for co-parenting children throughout the school year

The school year is back in full swing in Rhode Island as September comes to an end. Every parent and family is dealing with re-acclimating to the school year schedule, but divorced co-parents face a unique set of challenges during the academic year.

Sharing parenting responsibilities with a former spouse can present any number of added difficulties from coordinating schedules to maintaining civil, respectful communication. How do former spouses deal with the realities of co-parenting in a way that benefits the children the most? Consider a few important elements of a productive, effective shared parenting arrangement.

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