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How to File for Divorce in Rhode Island

Getting divorced is one of the hardest and most emotional decisions you have to make in your lifetime. Additionally, it can also be complicated and draining, which can result in a hotly contested and ugly legal process. That is why it is important to hire an experienced family law attorney to protect your rights and best interests throughout the Rhode Island divorce process and help you obtain the most favorable agreement.

At the Law Office of Jason Knight, we are committed to helping you get the best possible outcome in your divorce and a fresh start in life. Our Rhode Island divorce lawyer provides an effective and personalized approach to each case because we understand there are unique circumstances in every case. Whether your divorce is straightforward or involves high assets and other complexities, we are ready to help you navigate the legal process.

If you are interested in filing for divorce, contact us online or call us at (401) 354-2255 for a free case evaluation from our Rhode Island divorce lawyer.

Grounds for Divorce in Rhode Island

In order to file for divorce in Rhode Island Either you or your spouse must have been living in the state for at least one year.

The grounds for divorce in Rhode Island are:

  • Irreconcilable differences, if you and your spouse have been separated for three years
  • Impotency
  • Adultery
  • Willful desertion (for five years)
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Habitual alcohol and drug use
  • Neglect
  • Refusal of support for at least one year
  • Gross misbehavior and wickedness

Contested Divorce and Uncontested Divorce in RI

There are two main types of Rhode Island divorce:

1. Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree on all issues in a divorce.

2. Contested Divorce

Contested divorce occurs when both spouses cannot agree on one or more issues in a divorce.

Common divorce issues include:

  • Child custody and visitation

  • Child support

  • Alimony or spousal support

  • Property division

You start the divorce process by filing a Complaint for Divorce in your County Clerk’s Office of the Family Court. Keep in mind, there are many more documents required throughout the filing process.

When it comes to uncontested divorce, one of these documents include the marital settlement agreement, which outlines child custody arrangements and how property will be divided. The documents will be filed with the court and your spouse will receive a copy. You may have to attend a court hearing and the judge will enter your Final Judgment of Divorce.

Divorce Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution in RI

Regarding contested divorce, a couple can still avoid court litigation by trying to resolve their differences through divorce mediation. This means a third-party mediator helps each party come to an agreement on all issues outside of the court. However, if mediation is not successfully, then the court will decide the outcome of the divorce. Contested divorces are often more costly and time-consuming compared to uncontested divorce.

Request a Free Consultation with Our Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer Today

Since divorce can be complex, having a caring and knowledgeable attorney on your side can make a huge difference. We can explain how the state laws affect your case and help you start the next chapter of your life.

Contact us today for more information about our Rhode Island divorce services.

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