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Rhode Island Divorce Laws

Rhode Island has following divorce laws:


According to Rhode Island divorce laws, the plaintiff seeking divorce, must be a resident of Rhodes Island state and has resided in this state for a period of one year before the filing of the complaint.

The divorce would be filed in the region in which the plaintiff resides or in the county in which the defendant resides if he or she meets the 1 year’s Rhodes Island residency requirement.

Documents Required for Filing Divorce

According to Rhode Island divorce laws, the essential documents needed to start and finalize a divorce are:
  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Final Judgment of Divorce
There are anywhere from ten to twenty other documents that may be required throughout the filing process.

Distribution of Property

If the parties have not stipulated to a property settlement, the Rhodes Island divorce court will determine value of the property, if any, to be assigned.

Change of Name or Restoration of Name

The female spouse, whom dissolution is decreed, can restore her median name upon request.

Mediation Counseling

The Rhode Island divorce court may, as to issues of custody and visitation, direct the parties to participate in mediation in an effort to resolve their differences.


As believed according to Rhode Island divorce laws, not all cases entail support from one spouse to the other. The support obligation financially for a temporary or permanent basis is decided on a case-by-case basis as agreed to by the parties or at the court's discretion.

Child Custody

In Rhode Island State, the divorce court decides whom the child custody is to be awarded. It should also define reasons on behalf of which the right of visitation is taken away. The Rhodes Island court mandates obedience with its order by both the custodial parent and the children. In the event of disobedience, the non- custodial parent may file a motion for contempt in family court. Upon a finding by the divorce court that its order for visitation has not been complied with, the court can exercise its discretion in providing a remedy.

Child Support

After calculating support based upon court established formula and guidelines, the court, in its discretion, finds the order would be inequitable to the child or either parent. Rhodes Island divorce court if makes findings of fact, can order either or both parents owing a duty of support to pay an amount reasonable or necessary for the child's support after considering all relevant factors.

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