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What happens when you begin the road towards divorce?


Once an individual decides to divorce, this signifies not just the end of their marriage but also the beginning of the divorce process. Rhode Island residents who are contemplating divorce should understand what issues they may encounter along the way and ways to resolve these potential problems.

Is there a link between a spouse's employment status and divorce?


Some couples in Rhode Island choose to embrace a "traditional" marriage, in which the husband works outside the home, while the wife stays at home to care for the family. These days, however, more spouses are choosing to both work outside the home and share the household duties. But what happens if one spouse loses his or her job? Does that affect the couple's chances of divorce?

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.

What happens to pets if their owners decide to divorce?

Whether it is a dog, cat or other domestic animal, it goes without saying that our furry friends provide us with unconditional love and companionship. In fact, according to one 2015 survey, nearly 80 million households in the United States own a pet. Married spouses in Rhode Island with pets may find that they each have a strong emotional bond with their pet. This makes things very difficult should their marriage fail and they decide to divorce. What happens if each spouse want to have custody of their pet after the divorce is final?

Settling property division in Rhode Island out of court


How property is divided in a Rhode Island divorce often sets the stage for each spouse's financial future. After all, the longer a marriage lasts, the more marital assets the spouses tend to accumulate. Some of these assets may be quite valuable, such as a house, stocks, investments or retirement plans. Determining how to fairly divide such assets can be difficult, but with the right help it can be done.

High-conflict divorce can be emotionally, financially draining

Whether a divorce is due to a sudden emotionally devastating event or whether it comes after years of fights and disagreements, some Rhode Island couples are relieved to simply put the past behind them and move on. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes a divorce is hostile, toxic and volatile. These high-conflict divorces come at a hugh price however.

Filing taxes after a 2015 divorce in Rhode Island


April 18 -- this year's due date for filing your income taxes -- will be here before we know it, and many Rhode Island residents have already begun preparing their tax forms for the Internal Revenue Service. That being said, Rhode Island residents who divorced in 2015 may find themselves facing some unexpected challenges when it comes to preparing their taxes.

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