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Automatic orders in Rhode Island divorce proceedings

When a spouse in Rhode Island files for divorce and serves the petition and summons upon the other spouse, certain orders automatically go into effect. Per Rhode Island law, some automatic orders deal with the couple's property and others relate to any children that the couple has.

Divorce? 30 - 45 with kids and unhappily married.

You may feel that you are not in a good place and believe that a Rhode Island Divorce is in your future. You and your spouse may be arguing and the love that brought you together may have left the relationship. Emotions run high and unhappiness creeps into the rest of your life.

R.I. Divorce and the need for Financial Documents

Rhode Island divorces have many similarities. They all concern the following major issues: children, assets/debts, support, health and life insurance.

Rhode Island residents: change beneficiaries after divorce

When it comes to annuities, a retirement account or a life insurance plan, most people in Rhode Island name a beneficiary and then promptly forget about it. It only makes sense, when married, to select one's spouse as the beneficiary to these important accounts. But what happens to these beneficiary designations if the couple divorces? When this happens, it is important not to let the issue sit on the back burner, but to address it as soon as possible.

Older Rhode Island couples may divorce if wife falls ill

As Rhode Island residents can attest, there are many events and conflicts that can put stress on a marriage. A job loss, a death in the family or a serious illness can all spell out tough times for married couples. Sometimes, these events cause a couple to come closer together, but other times, they cause couples to drift further apart. In some situations, the rift becomes so large that it is simply in the best interests of all to divorce. In fact, one study of married couples age 50 or older found that they were more likely to get a divorce, if the wife became seriously ill.

3 Signs a Divorce Client will be satisfied

I can anticipate when a divorce client will never be satisfied; I also have an idea which clients will be satisfied with their divorce. To determine when someone will be satisfied, let's look at the unsatisfied client:

Hiding assets during divorce can have serious consequences

When couples get divorced in Rhode Island they will generally try to agree on issues of child support, spousal support and the division of marital property. In preparation for these negotiations each side will typically seek information through the discovery process about the couple's income, assets and debts. If they are unable to agree, the court will issue the necessary orders after hearing evidence about the family's finances.

Avoiding or limiting tax implications during divorce

The divorce process is often described as one that is difficult and complex. Part of that is because of the many considerations people need to think about during the decision-making process. Rhode Island couples going through a divorce or are considering a split understand that there could be tax liabilities based on the decision reached in the final decree. Just as divorcing couples seek to limit their post-divorce issues, it is also important to address any tax concerns during dissolution in order to prevent or minimize tax liabilities.

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