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Rhode Island Family Law Blog

Does an expensive wedding increase the possibility of divorce?

Weddings are a big deal, and not just to the two individuals waiting to join hands in marriage. Couples in Rhode Island planning a wedding will find that between finding the right wedding dress, flowers, food, music and venue, planning a wedding can have a significant impact on their pocketbook. In the United States, couples will spend approximately $30,000 on their wedding, on average. However, is there any correlation between wedding costs and whether the couple's relationship will last?

A study out of Emory University has reported that the cost of a couple's wedding ceremony could have an effect on whether or not the couple will eventually divorce. According to the study, couples that spent over $20,000 on their wedding were 1.6 times more likely to divorce when compared to those who spent only between $5,000 and $10,000 on their wedding. Couples who spent $1,000 or less on their wedding, according to the study, were the least likely to divorce. However, given all of this, the study also reported that the more guests that came to the couple's wedding the lower the rate of divorce.

Modifying child support payments with the help of OCSS

Many parents who are paying child support in Rhode Island live up to their financial obligations. However, some of them may someday find themselves facing unexpected financial hardships. When this happens, they may wish to modify their child support order.

If the paying parent's case is currently receiving services from the Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services, and if the parent is a state resident, they may ask the court for a modification, known as a "Motion for Relief." OCSS may be able to assist paying parents in this situation with this request.

Child support arrears could result in passport denial

As most Rhode Island residents know, in order to travel abroad a person needs a valid passport. Those who do not have a valid passport will not be allowed to leave the country.

International travel aside, when parents pay child support, they are obligated to make all payments on time and in full. If they fail to do so, it could result in penalties, including the denial of a passport. This could not only ruin a person's vacation plans, but if a person has to travel abroad for work, the job could be in jeopardy.

Couples may wait until after the holidays to divorce, study says

Labor Day has come and gone in Rhode Island, signaling the end of summer and ushering in the fall season. This time of year, according to some researchers, also ushers in another aspect of life for some couples -- divorce.

A study by sociologists at the University of Washington reported that there are two peak times for divorce: March and August. The study examined the number of divorce filings in Washington spanning from 2001 to 2015. Notably, the peaks occurred both after the winter holiday season and the summer vacation season before the start of school.

How can mediation help address your divorce legal issues?

Getting a divorce can be an emotionally-charged event. Feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt and sadness bubble to the surface, causing some Rhode Island spouses to continue fighting even after they have separated. However, leaving the matter up to a judge via litigation may not end up in the result you want. If you can set your negative emotions aside, mediating your divorce might be one way to tailor your outcome to meet your needs and move forward.

Child custody these days may differ from that of past generations

So-called "Generation X" and "Millenium" couples in Rhode Island who have children may find that their lives are very different from those of their parents. For example, unlike previous generations, it is more likely that both partners have jobs outside the home. Moreover, both partners may be more involved in raising the children and keeping the home than in past generations.

Grandparent visitation in Rhode Island after a parent's divorce

The bond between a grandparent and his or her grandchild is a very special thing. Beyond the love between the two, grandparents in Rhode Island and elsewhere can pas a lot of valuable life lessons on to their grandchildren. Unfortunately, sometimes problematic circumstances occur, especially after a contentious divorce, in which a parent may attempt to stop his or her ex's parents from seeing their grandchildren. Perhaps this is an act of revenge or simply due to the animosity of the divorce. This cut-off can harm not just the grandparents but the child as well. Rhode Island law recognizes this and provides grandparents the right to visit their grandchild under very specific circumstances.

College Debt & Divorce

As parties divorce, one looming issue is debt. Often, parties may be loaded with college debt that they have co-signed for one or more children. This debt can easily be more than six figures depending on the number of children and the school.

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?