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Rhode Island Family Law Blog

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?

What to bring to - and what to expect from - divorce mediation

For some Rhode Island couples seeking a divorce, mediation is preferable to litigation. These couples may want to finish their divorce quickly and with as little strife as possible, two things that may not happen if they litigated their divorce instead. Last week we discussed some good reasons why couples in Rhode Island seeking a divorce may choose divorce mediation. Today we will continue our series on mediation by going over some ways individuals can help make their mediation session successful.

What are some good reasons to choose divorce mediation?

As previously discussed on this blog, mediation can lead to a better result in a shorter time than litigated divorce. This week we will focus on why mediation can be a preferable choice for many couples in Rhode Island seeking a divorce.

Navigating the mediation process during divorce

No one enters into a marriage with an end in mind. Unfortunately, circumstances can come up that pave the way for the dissolution of what was once a strong relationship. Going through such a situation can be extremely stressful and lead to the temptation to let feelings of anger and frustration get the best of you. These emotions, however, rarely produce a positive outcome. Instead, approaching the situation with mediation in mind can help you move toward a peaceful resolution.

Using mediation as a means to get through a divorce can be beneficial in many ways. Understandably, there may be significant amounts of animosity between spouses. In such situations, having an experienced mediator in the equation can help move things forward in a more grounded, less emotional manner. A mediator is not a decision maker; instead, they simply help facilitate what are hopefully positive choices regarding elements of the divorce, allowing the parties involved to still have control over the situation.

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.

Some spouses in Rhode Island may automatically believe that alimony payments must be paid monthly, and for many this is the case. However, a lump sum payment may be another option for some. What are the advantages to a lump-sum alimony payment?