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Rhode Island Divorce: Avoiding Family Court

Clients call about a Rhode Island Divorce, asking if a mediator can help them completely avoid Family Court as they go through a divorce. Although the answer is "No" as the Court is needed to grant the divorce, there are ways to reduce the court's role in resolving the disputes between you and your spouse. This is also true for unmarried people with issues concerning their children and support.

Often times, I am asked: "Do I need to hire an attorney to handle custody or divorce case?" My usual response is that lawyers and mediators ("divorce professionals")are trained to deal withthese issues while you are not..

Think about the last time you strained/sprained a muscle or hurt your back. You can recover by limiting movement for months and months; however, you recover quicker and return to normal acticvities if you attend physical therapy, where trained professionals use the right modalities to quicken your return to full activities. As a mediator and lawyer, we help you understand the process, help you strategize how to move forward and get you back on your feet quicker than you would on your own.

In mediation, we will work with both parties to discuss and negotiate the various issues surrounding your children, assets (real estate, bank accounts, investments, retirement accounts, personal property and even various collections), your debts (sole and joint) and your insurances.

People want to believe that they can process their own Rhode Island Divorce and that they do not need to help of a lawyer or professional mediator. Of course, a person can go to court and obtain a divorce. However, even Abe Lincoln said "He who represents himself has a fool for a client."

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