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WHY DO PEOPLE FILE FOR DIVORCE? HERE'S 7 COMMON REASONS

A few hundred thousand Americans will divorce each year, keeping the country's divorce rate steady between 40% and 50%. This number seems dramatically high until you start to look at the facts closer and study why people are actually choosing to end their marriages. It should come as no surprise that happy marriages aren't ending in divorce.

SHOULD I MOVE OUT WHEN GETTING A DIVORCE?

The first thing you might want to do after filing for divorce is move out of your family home and get some time and space away from your ex-spouse. This is entirely understandable but also generally discouraged by divorce attorneys and legal professionals. Whether you realize it or not, packing up and shipping out on your own accord can seriously and negatively impact your side of the divorce proceeding.

RHODE ISLAND FAMILY COURTHOUSE INFORMATION

When you are summoned to family court or bring a family law dispute to the court's attention, you will be given a court date. At this court date, you will have the attention of a family court judge who will oversee your case and hear your individual claims. In complex or high asset divorces, there may also be a jury involved with the ruling, if a spouse specifically asked for one. Overall, the Rhode Island family court system is there to bring final, legal conclusions to some of life's most difficult, and sensitive, issues.

RHODE ISLAND DIVORCE LAWS: THE BASICS

Divorce is a trying time for the toughest of individuals. Even people who have only been married for a year or so can feel the pressure and emotional struggle that accompany divorce. If you think your own marriage may need to come to an end, you can help ease into this understandably difficult transition by knowing a few of the most basic but most important components to Rhode Island's divorce laws.

FOUR FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE FILING FOR DIVORCE

There are relatively few divorces that spring up out of one single and troubling event, and even fewer still that then follow through to completion. For the most part, divorce is a long, arduous process, in both how it can pan out in court and the thinking, debating, and inner-monologues that lead up to the decision to finally file the paperwork. If you keep finding yourself pacing back and forth, unsure if divorce is the right solution for your marriage problems, here are four factors you should consider, review, and re-review to help you make your choice.

POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS: WHAT ARE THEY AND DO YOU NEED ONE?

True love is a powerful thing but certain love is actually quite rare. Ask a couple that has been happily married for most of their lives and even they will probably tell you that there were moments where they had their doubts or fears about where their marriage was headed. This is a natural part of being in a committed relationship. For some married people, they want to find a way protect themselves from this doubt, reduce the stress they are feeling, and ultimately give themselves peace of mind again. What can do all of this and more for them?

DIVISION OF ASSETS IN RHODE ISLAND: SEPARATE VS. MARITAL PROPERTY

Divorce courts in Rhode Island rely on a system of equitable distribution when a couple is ending their marriage. Equitable might sound pretty good phonetically but it can actually spell trouble for you if you are not prepared to part ways with some of your prized possessions. Equitable means "fair" not necessarily "equal", and the court is going to decide what is and what isn't fair. You may firmly believe that your ex-spouse doesn't deserve the family automobile but unless you can convince the court otherwise, it could be theirs all the same.

HOW CAN I MODIFY CHILD SUPPORT?

In a previous blog entry, our Rhode Island family law attorneys discussed how parenting plans can be modified post-divorce. To further shed light on this complicated yet crucial legal issue, we would like to take the time now to discuss how child support payments in particular can be modified. Since this is a matter that concerns both your finances and the wellbeing of your child, it is important to know the ins and outs of the subject thoroughly.

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