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Divorce presents a variety of family law issues to resolve

Getting divorced in Rhode Island involves much more than one party moving out of the family home and signing a few documents after a trip to the courtroom. It is important to understand what issues need to be resolved and how to best go about reaching an outcome that is fair. For this reason, many people seeking a divorce may need to get more information before any decisions are made.

First of all, if the couple has children a parenting plan that addresses custody and visitation will need to be established. Father's rights are important in such situations, as in many cases a child deserves to have a meaningful relationship with both parents. In addition, child support will be another issue in such situations.

Property division is also an important aspect of getting a divorce. Rhode Island is an equitable distribution state, so if left up to the court the couple's assets and debts will be divided fairly, although this may not be an equal 50/50 split. Therefore, some couples find that settling these decisions out of court is preferable to leaving the matter up to a judge. Life insurance and health insurance issues may also need to be resolved.

Spousal support might also be an issue in some cases. This can be especially important if one spouse earns significantly more than the other, or if one spouse stayed out of the workforce while married in order to care for the family. Spousal support, however, need not be permanent. It can be rehabilitative, in the sense that it lasts until the receiving spouse is able to support him or herself.

This only scratches the surface of what couples seeking a divorce will face. Many couples find that an out-of-court settlement is preferable to a heated courtroom battle. Our law firm has a family law section on our webpage that can give Rhode Island residents an idea of what issues they will face in their divorce.

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