Getting divorced in Rhode Island is a big decision to make. Understandably, spouses in Rhode Island may have a lot of questions following such a decision. They may wonder how property will be divided, who will get custody of the children, will health insurance continue and whether they will be paying child support or spousal support. It is an emotional process.
If children are involved, a parenting plan will need to be established. This plan would outline who the child will live with and when. A plan also must be put into place regarding whether one parent will be paying child support to the other parent. This may occur if one parent has primary physical custody of the child and in shared parenting situations where there is a disparity in income.
In addition, Rhode Island spouses will have to tackle the distribution of assets and debts between themselves during a divorce. Sometimes this can be accomplished outside of court, via negotiations and, in some cases, mediation. If not, the issue will have to go to court and a judge will determine who will get what. Real estate issues will also have to be considered, including whether one party will retain the marital home or whether the marital home will be sold and the proceeds split between the spouses.
Spousal support may also need to be established during a Rhode Island divorce. This may be the case if one spouse earns significantly more than the other or if the other spouse needs time to become self-supporting.
When going through a divorce, it is helpful to have an attorney on hand who can protect one's interests and point out issues that you were not aware of. An attorney can help a spouse through out-of-court negotiations or can represent his or her client during litigation, if necessary. The Law Office of Steven J. Hirsch, Esq. has represented many clients in Rhode Island family law cases over the past three decades. Working with an attorney can be a good way to pursue a fair outcome. To learn more about family law in Rhode Island, please visit this family law overview by the Law Office of Steven J. Hirsch, Esq.