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Child custody plans in Rhode Island may be settled out-of-court

The issue of child custody can be a major concern when the parents' relationship comes to an end. In Rhode Island, if a child's parents divorce, or if they were never married but have ended their relationship with one another, legal custody and physical custody of the child will need to be awarded to either one party or the other, or to both.

When may child support in Rhode Island last beyond emancipation?

When a child support order is established in Rhode Island, it will generally remain in place until 90 days after the child graduates high school at age 18, and in no case after the child reaches age 19. However, there is an exception to this rule. Per Rhode Island law, the court may permit a child support order to continue past the age of emancipation if the child has an impairment, either mentally or physically, that is deemed severe, and the child still resides with a parent.

Dividing the family business in a Rhode Island divorce

Many Rhode Island couples pour their heart and soul into a small business, created and cultivated during the course of their marriage. So, while a couple's marriage may not last, they may at least want to see the business they built together persevere. In equitable division states, such as Rhode Island, marital property -- including businesses -- is divided based on what the judge deems to be fair.

It is important to plan for retirement after Rhode Island divorce

Property division in Rhode Island is not just about deciding who keeps the house. It is not just about dividing personal property, such as furniture, artwork and other items, which may be valuable either financially or emotionally. It is also about splitting less tangible assets, such as retirement accounts and planning for one's financial future. Therefore, it is important before heading into the property division process to have an understanding about what you needs financially after divorce.

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