When a couple goes through a divorce, it means that they not only separate physically and emotionally but financially, too. Financial separation can be one of the most complex issues in a divorce because spouses are likely to have become financially intertwined over the years. It's also probable that one spouse will be set to suffer financially as a result of the divorce and the subsequent division of assets.
This is why there are provisions in place across the United States to attempt to make the divorce process as fair as possible. One of these provisions is the payment of alimony. Alimony is a temporary measure that sees one divorcing spouse pay their ex-spouse a certain amount of income for a certain amount of time. The following are the relevant laws that govern alimony payments in Rhode Island.
How alimony works
The courts have broad discretion regarding whether alimony is awarded and the terms set regarding the alimony. The courts will consider the age, health and emotional state of both former spouses and will consider the earning potential of each of them. The courts will likely award alimony to the spouse who is earning a lower income. They may also set a time frame for the alimony based on how long it will take for the lesser-earning spouse to retrain for a higher paying position.
If you are going through a divorce in Rhode Island, and you want to understand more about gaining alimony, it is a good idea to understand more about how you can convince the courts successfully.