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Condition for Residency


It is essential for the plaintiff to be the resident of the Rhode Island immediately one year before filing the case. Divorce papers can be submitted into the county of plaintiff if the requirement for the one year residency of the defendant has not been fulfilled.

Reasons for the Divorces


Rhode Island gives divorces to the spouse on the basis of both the reasons; the fault based and the no-fault based. However, both the spouses are required to agree with the reasons and also substantiate them later on during the proceedings.

Principle of Child Custody


There has been mentioned no specific factor in the statute of child custody in Rhode Island. This custody can be granted to either of spouses on the basis of set guidelines for the child custody. However, courts allow the reasonable frequency of visits for the non-custodian parent of the child unless he is not a criminal or has not done any domestic violence.

Rules for Property Distribution


Rhode Island is an equitable distribution state which divides the marriage property of the spouses into equal halves without bringing the cause into consideration. In this regard, separate property of the spouse including the gifts and inheritances are not divided.

Following are the factors that are considered in the distribution of properties:

Rules for Spousal Support


Courts have the rights to grant alimony to either of spouses on the basis of following:

Child Support Guidelines


Following are the determinants for the decision of child support:

In order to make the child support assured, court may take the following from parents:

Mediation In Case Of Divorce


Rhode Island offers the facility for mediation for the spouses to reconcile them. There is official counseling program offered by the Family Court for the reconciliation of the parents. This request can also be made by either of parents.

Filing Pro Se Divorce


There is no need of a lawyer when applying for divorce in the state of Rhode Island. A divorce case which is filed without any help of an attorney in any of the states is known as Pro Se Divorce.

Literally, Pro Se is a Latin phrase and it means "on her or his own". Process of getting the divorce without the help of lawyer may vary from one State to another. These types of divorces are perfectly legal and enforceable in Rhode Island, and are actually very convenient. Usually, once settlements have been made regarding property distribution and custody matters among the spouses in case of a mutual divorce, Pro Se Divorces are filed.

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