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The surprising news about prenuptial agreements


Most Rhode Island residents probably know that the divorce rate continues to be high in the United States. Divorce can involve many family law issues, such as property and asset division, custody arrangements, child support and alimony. In light of this fact, more couples are opting to enter into a prenuptial agreement prior to marriage.

Is a Rhode Island Divorce Contagious?

We all know that certain illnesses are contagious. Chickenpox, mononucleosis and strep infections are all contagious.  We keep our children home from school or we stay out of work if we are contagious.  A recent study from the Pew Research Center suggests that divorce of a friend or close relative dramatically increases the chances that you will divorce, too.

The hidden complications of same-sex divorce


Our country has made great strides in the acceptance of gay marriage. There are now 13 states, including the District of Columbia, that allow same-sex marriage. Rhode Island is one of these 13. However, with progress can also come hidden complications. Homosexual couples, just like heterosexual couples, know that marriage is ideally a lifetime commitment. However, in our society divorce is more prominent than ever and gay couples can face even more challenges than their straight counterparts when ending their marriage.

Rhode Island Divorce Mediation Avoids Snags in Mortgage Refinance

During a Rhode Island Divorce, one party may buy out the other spouse's interest in their jointly owned real estate. One spouse applies for the mortgage refinance, requesting cash money coming out in order to pay the other spouse for his/her share of the equity. In a divorce, this is considered "extenuating circumstances" and it's not considered a "cash-out" refinance that can mean higher interest rates and require stricter loan - to - value requirements. At the time of the refinance, the "bought-out" spouse signs a Quit Claim deed to the party retaining the home (or other parcel of real estate).

NBA star settles child custody dispute


Rhode Island residents may think they do not have much in common with famous sports athletes. However, when it comes to issues of one's children, individuals of all socioeconomic status, race and believe often struggle with similar issues. Child custody is an issue that affects many individuals, whether they are going through a divorce or separating from their co-parent.

Raising children through a divorce


Rhode Island residents know that life can throw many curveballs at a family. One of these curveballs can be the issue of divorce. Divorce is difficult because it affects not only the spouses who are going through it, but the children as well. Multiple family law issues may present themselves as a result of a divorce.

The 411 on property division during a divorce

One of the most expensive and valuable pieces of jewelry an individual will have in his or her lifetime is a wedding ring. A married couple will accumulate many assets over the course of their marriage. However, in the event of a divorce, the division of property can be one of the most complicated and challenging tasks the couple will face.

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