Divorce Archives

How equality in a marriage may protect it from divorce

More couples in Rhode Island are beginning marriages on equal footing than in past years, but many people still start out with the traditional arrangement in which the husband is the breadwinner and the wife is responsible for household chores and childcare. According to a study by researchers in Sweden, if these roles change and the wife begins making more money than her husband, the couple could be more likely to divorce.

Divorce and child visitation schedules

Divorcing Rhode Island parents who are creating a schedule for child custody and visitation have a variety of options open to them. While a common visitation schedule is one in which the child spends alternating weekends with the noncustodial parent, there are many other arrangements that are possible and that take into account different types of work obligations.

Child custody can be complex during divorce

For parents in Rhode Island going through a divorce, dealing with child custody can be one of the most difficult and emotionally challenging parts of the process. During the course of negotiating a custody agreement or going through court hearings, a set of custodial rights for both parents will be established. When the court makes decisions about each parent's role in caring for the children, it will rely on a number of factors and background materials, including the arguments of the attorneys involved and testimony from experts, psychologists and mediators. While a custody order will be established at the time of divorce, changes can later be sought due to changes in the lives of the parents or the children.

Financial planning can ease divorce pain

While many Rhode Island residents headed for marriage could not be further removed mentally from divorce court, some pragmatic individuals consider the possibility of divorce even before marriage. It is commonly accepted that health and life insurance policies are a practical hedge against unwanted circumstances. Those who make early divorce planning a priority simply see it as another type of insurance they hope to never use.

Divorcing parents can maintain their parent-child bond

For Rhode Island parents going through a divorce, the issues that can often be contentious are those related to their children. Issues of child custody and parenting time can be some of the most heavily debated. However, facilitating a positive co-parenting relationship and a close parent-child bond for both parents can be an important means for them to provide support for their children regardless of their own relationship issues.

Avoiding revenge is the best policy in divorce

Rhode Island couples headed for divorce court may be tempted to use the litigation process to facilitate a quest for vengeance against a disappointing spouse. Aside from the folly attached to paying lawyers many thousands of dollars are other reasons why such a course of action is imprudent at best and destructive at worst. The path to a better post-divorce life does not generally run though the type of battlefield contemplated by parties seeking revenge for past wrongs.

Tax law changes to have significant impact on alimony

Rhode Island spouses considering divorce may be particularly troubled by the potential financial implications of ending a marriage. From real estate division to spousal support, financial issues can be contentious aspects of a divorce. With the signing into law of tax reform bill in December 2017, there are major changes to spousal support scheduled to go into effect in 2019 that could have significant implications for divorces in the future.

Paying for insurance after a divorce

When a Rhode Island resident gets a divorce, it may impact his or her ability to get insurance. It may also play a role in how his or her child gets insurance. For adults, the first option may be to apply for insurance as per the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act, or COBRA. If a spouse worked for a company with 20 or more employees, the other spouse may be entitled to COBRA for up to 36 months after the divorce.

What to keep in mind when negotiating a divorce settlement

The good news is that Rhode Island ranks 36th among the states with the highest divorce rates. While ending a marriage isn't as common here as in many other states, there are still times when a union of this nature needs to be legally dissolved. Regardless of the circumstances involved, one of the first steps in this process is making an attempt to negotiate a fair settlement between parties.


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