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For some in Rhode Island, lump sum spousal support is preferable

Alimony can be a contentious topic for Rhode Island spouses going through a divorce. This should not be unexpected. After all, finances are often at the heart of many divorce legal issues, with each spouse wanting to make sure they get a fair share. But, for better or worse, alimony, also known as spousal support, is a topic many divorcing couples may need to address.

How to help your attorney help you in your divorce

If a spouse in Rhode Island wants to file for divorce, the first meeting with their attorney can be incredibly important. The individual filing for divorce may have a lot on their mind emotionally, and it can be difficult to talk about the reasons why their marriage has failed. However, it is important that the attorney has all of the information he or she needs to represent your interests.

Address finances before marriage via a prenuptial agreement

Drafting a prenuptial agreement does not mean that you expect to divorce. Quite the contrary, it can serve as a means to discuss finances openly and honestly which in the end could lead to a stronger marriage. That being said, it is a fact that many marriages in Rhode Island these days, despite the best efforts of both parties, end in divorce.

How truly listening can help the divorce mediation process

The events leading up to a divorce can involve a great deal of emotional upheaval for both spouses. Whether it is sadness, anger, jealousy, abandonment or all of the above, it is safe to say that Rhode Island residents going through a divorce run through a gamut of emotions.

Can federal tax refunds be intercepted to pay back child support?

It is an unfortunate fact that just because a child support order is in place after a divorce in Rhode Island doesn't mean it will be followed. Noncustodial parents may fail to meet their financial obligations by neglecting to pay child support in the full amount or on time. In fact, some noncustodial parents may fail to pay the required amount of child support at all. When this happens, certain child support enforcement actions may be taken. One enforcement tool that may be at one's disposal is the Federal Tax Refund Offset Program.

Child custody and the best interests of the child

A recent post on this blog discussed "bird-nesting" after divorce -- a living arrangement in which the child remains in the family home, and the parents take turns living with the child, maintaining separate residences when it is not their turn to care for the child. This may happen in joint custody cases, where both parents spend a relatively equal time with their child in their care after a divorce. However, whether it is bird-nesting, other joint custody arrangements or sole custody with visitation, any child custody decisions in Rhode Island will be made based on the best interests of the child.

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