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Rhode Island has long waiting period for divorce


A divorce is an emotional and difficult decision for anyone. Couples that are experiencing an unhappy marriage may feel a sense of daily stress or other emotional issues. When the decision for the actual divorce is made, there can often be a long road the couple needs to go down before finalizing their separation, especially in Rhode Island.

Couples who are considering divorce should know that it can be a long process. Rhode Island has one of the longest waiting periods in the country when it comes to divorce. In addition to the $120 filing fee, there is a five month long "cool down" period after filing for divorce. Also, the minimum processing time for a divorce in the state is 510 days.

Family law disputes can add to the amount of time and money it costs to get divorced in the state. Therefore, when people have made the decision to divorce, they may want to explore alternative dispute resolution options. One such option can be mediation. This way, couples can work together to resolve some or all of their divorce legal issues including child custody issues, parenting plans and debt assignment.

Even if mediation does not work out for a couple, every person should understand their legal rights during the divorce process. With such a long waiting period, couples in strife should know what they can and cannot do while waiting to finalize their divorce. With the right help, people can make the process as smooth and easy as possible.

Source: ABC News, "Top 7 Worst States for Divorce," Aug. 6, 2014

Source: ABC News, "Top 7 Worst States for Divorce," Aug. 6, 2014

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