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Seeking a divorce in the new year? Start planning now

The heralding in of the new year is often seen as a fresh start for many individuals in Rhode Island. It is also a time of the year when many spouses may re-examine their relationship. For some, particularly those who are in an unhappy marriage, the new year may be seen as a good time to seek a divorce. In fact, according to some sources, January sees a spike in divorce filings.

Tips for Rhode Island spouses requesting a divorce

For many Rhode Island couples, the decision to divorce is not made lightly. Many events and life changes may have occurred that led to this major decision. Sometimes the decision to divorce is mutual, but sometimes it is one spouse or the other who initiates the divorce. Below are some tips that spouses in Rhode Island who are asking their partner for a divorce may find helpful.

Fault and irreconcilable differences in a Rhode Island divorce

There are so many factors in life that could lead to a Rhode Island couple's decision to divorce. Sometimes the decision to divorce is fairly agreeable, with each party believing that it is in their best interests to part ways. This may especially be the case if each party feels like the other did not engage in any particular wrongdoing, but that for many personal reasons they simply can no longer remain together as a married couple.

Don't forget these tips when going through divorce: Part II

There is so much at stake in a Rhode Island divorce. From property division, to establishing child support and spousal support, to setting up custody plans, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Last week we discussed some tips for Rhode Island residents considering divorce, such as checking your credit report, collecting financial documents, changing Internet passwords and setting up a P.O. box. Today we are going to explore this topic further. What other steps should residents of Rhode Island take if they believe divorce is on the horizon or they are already embroiled in one?

Don't forget these tips when going through divorce: Part I

Getting divorced can be a whirlwind of emotions, and it can be difficult to take a step back and look at the situation as a whole. Yet that is exactly what must be done to ensure that no crucial step is overlooked. Hiring a family law attorney in Rhode Island can be a good first step to take, since an attorney can provide the objectivity and know-how to handle a divorce case appropriately. In addition to hiring an attorney, the following two posts will go over some important steps to take to protect your interests in a divorce.

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.

What are financial steps to take after Rhode Island divorce?

It's often said that a breakup is all about emotions, but a divorce is mostly about money. That may be especially true in the time after all the paperwork has been finalized. With the emotional turmoil and legal disputes mostly in the rear-view mirror, many people who have gone through a divorce in Rhode Island find their financial picture has changed more than they may have realized it would. However, there are some steps Rhode Islanders can take to protect their financial futures after divorce.

Social Security benefits and divorce in Rhode Island

Residents of Rhode Island may have noticed an increase in baby boomer divorces. In fact, "gray divorces" are becoming more common across the country. When couples in their 50s, 60s and beyond divorce, they face unique issues that may not be of concern to younger divorcees, particularly when it comes to their finances. One issue that may weigh heavily on their minds is Social Security benefits. What happens to a person's eligibility for Social Security benefits if he or she gets a divorce?

Divorce Lawyer in Rhode Island vs. Salesmanship

This week, I was surprised by an opposing lawyer. I was in a Rhode Island Divorce Court for a conference with the Judge and the Wife's attorney. The wife's attorney had filed a Motion for support for an adult child of the marriage. He said that his client had told him that the adult daughter lived with her, was not currently working, that she had a brain tumor when she was a young child and the wife wanted support for this child from my client, the husband. I had to inform him that the child was over the age of 18, and had graduated college, worked a couple of part-time jobs and was currently actively seeking employment. He had failed to get that information from his client.

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