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How is property divided in Rhode Island?

If you are going through or contemplating a divorce here in Rhode Island, it is likely that property division will be one of the most important factors of the divorce. The way that property is divided can have a big impact on the quality of life that you are able to enjoy in the post-divorce future. This is why it is vital that you invest time in fighting for the property division outcome that you deserve.

By understanding the way that the law works in Rhode Island, you will be better equipped to know how to take action to get a result that is fair.

Why is alimony more complex to calculate than child support?

When going through a divorce, two important factors are the calculation of alimony and the calculation of child support. These can have a big impact on the standard of living for both spouses after the divorce has been finalized.

It is important to understand how both of these court-ordered payments are calculated. By understanding this, you will be more empowered to influence the decision-making processes in order to get the best possible decision for you.

The consequences of not paying Rhode Island child support

If you are a single parent in Rhode Island, it is likely that you are dependent to some extent on child support from the other parent. If the parent has fallen behind on their child support, you will probably start to worry about the future of your finances and question whether you will ever see another child support paycheck again.

It is a good idea to take the time to understand how the child support service in Rhode Island takes action to enforce unpaid child support. While they may not be able to physically force the parent to pay the child support immediately, they do what they can in order to make life harder for the parent until they fulfill their child support obligations. The following are some of the consequences of not paying child support in the state.

How to ensure you receive missed alimony payments

If you have been awarded a series of alimony payments from your ex-spouse in the state of Rhode Island, it is likely that you will be heavily dependent on these payments so that you can maintain your lifestyle.

Making the transition to becoming financially independent after a divorce can be very challenging, especially if you contributed to your marriage in nonfinancial ways, such as through caring for the children. This is why it is important that you stand up for your right to receive alimony in Rhode Island.

Parallel parenting is a good option after high conflict divorce

If you’ve experienced a high conflict divorce, co-parenting with your ex might seem like a daunting prospect, especially if there is lingering hostility and the two of you aren’t on speaking terms. As a form of co-parenting, parallel parenting is a way to parent without spousal contact and may be the best option.

Parallel parenting allows you to effectively parent but also disengage from your ex-spouse. If parents are willing, and for the good of their children, this can be a way forward.

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.

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