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Couples may soon divorce during a weekend hotel stay

Divorce can be a costly and time consuming process. Complicated divorces involve numerous issues and courts must attempt to divide the divorcing couples' property, determine support obligations and arrange for child custody and visitation. A Netherlands program that attempts to simplify the process may be coming to the U.S.

House approves military child custody bill against expert advice

Rhode Island military families may be interested to learn that Congress recently passed the Service Member Protection Act. The Act is supposed to protect service members from losing child custody on the basis of military deployment. Specifically, it prohibits courts from treating military service as a detrimental factor in custody decisions. The bill's sponsor asserts that people serving in the military should not have to worry about how a deployment could affect custody modification.

A Child Support Perspective - $234,900 for 17 years.

Child Support is excessive or insufficient, depending upon whether you speak to the person paying it or the person receiving it. The cost of raising a child is often misunderstood and rarely quantified.  Rhode Island amended its Guidelines as of June 4, 2012; some of the support guidelines increased at certain income levels and some decreased.

Celebrity's 93-year-old father seeks divorce

Most residents of Rhode Island are probably aware that a high number of marriages in the United States end in divorce. Young and old alike are seeking divorces as a way to start a new chapter in their lives. Recently, Mel Gibson's 93-year-old father filed for divorce from his wife, who is in her 70s. The pair has been married since 2002. The reason cited for the divorce was irreconcilable differences, and the wife is seeking spousal support.

Common Sense Parenting Statement

Years ago, while walking through a curio shop in Wickford, Rhode Island, Steve Hirsch came across a platter with the following parenting adage, supposedly written by film and television actor Ricardo Mantalban.  Although simplistic, its message is serious and sincere, filled with a simple directive.  Steve has kept this for years, shared it with clients and read it to his children at times for the lesson it delivers. There is a lot of common sense to this quote:

Tips for Divorce Preparation / Protection

After you've located financial records to share with your RI divorce mediator or RI divorce attorney, you are far from safe in protecting your financial future. You need to be more pro-active.  One of the most important protections that is most overlooked and yet potentially damaging is identity theft initiated or caused by an ex-spouse. Your ex spouse already knows your birth date, place of birth, favorite pet and first car. To avoid this nightmare:

New 2012 Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines

Rhode Island's Child Support Guidelines have been revised effective as of June 4, 2012. Federal regulations require that each state review its guidelines every 4 years. In the fall of 2011, the RI Family Court convened the Child Support Guidelines Committee, of which Steve Hirsch was a member. The Committee, in February 2012, submitted its final report with the proposed Guidelines.

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