A Friendly Divorce in Rhode Island
Is there really any such thing as a friendly divorce? Actually, the good news is there can be. Rhode Island is a No-Fault (Uncontested) Divorce state. That means, regardless of whether you live in a place like Providence, Fall River, Warwick or any other city within Rhode Island, you can readily and quickly obtain a divorce without a lot of legal complications, that is, if you and your spouse can agree to terms in a friendly manner. It is important to note that a history of domestic violence in a relationship may very well hinder any attempt at a friendly divorce and may even exacerbate the problem, so, if the history exists, it is not recommended by this author you try a No-Fault Divorce without legal counsel.
Once the shock, hurt, and anger have subsided from the initial realization your marriage is over, the time may be right for you and your spouse to seriously look at a No-Fault Divorce. If both parties are mature and reasonable, there is no reason for anything unfriendly to occur, but what both will have to do to accomplish a goal of a friendly divorce is first to forget any personal reason you are getting a divorce. In this case, a personal reason for getting the divorce is what one or both of you might think is what caused the divorce.
The only legal grounds for obtaining a No-fault divorce in Rhode Island is the grounds of irreconcilable differences which have caused the breakdown of the marriage and living separate and apart without cohabitation for three years. If the differences are irreconcilable, any other personal interpretation as the grounds for divorce only become stumbling blocks to a friendly solution. Therefore, it is impervious that both parties are willing to move on with their lives looking forward to a new life, and they need to stay away from unproductive accusations about why the marriage failed and whose fault it was. If you can both get by this fact, you stand a reasonable chance of successfully obtaining a friendly divorce.
When both of you resolve to avoid accusations, then, it is time to meet in order to discuss the details of the marriage dissolution. There are basically three subjects you will need to discuss in detail in order to dissolve the marriage in a friendly manner, so, staying on subject is very important. The three subjects you need to discuss include your community finances, assets and children. Since each of these are complicated subjects within their own rights, it would probably be wise to resolve the issues associated with each subject one at at time. If you can come to a friendly agreement on these three subjects, the rest of a No-Fault and friendly divorce includes placing the information you have gathered together on state documents, signing the documents, and filing them with your local Court of Jurisdiction. Once filed and the Decree is rendered by the Court, Rhode Island has a waiting period of 90 days before the divorce takes place. Once the waiting period is over, the divorce is final.
A No-Fault or friendly divorce is not for everyone. Sometimes, two people can not get by their shock, hurt, or anger, and sometimes they just can’t agree on the dissolution of their finances, assets, or the custody of their children. When this happens, it may be time for you to consider getting a professional counselor to help untangle the legal complications you may face. Contact us at www.divorceattorneyhome.com, and we will help you find a divorce attorney who can answer any legal questions you may have in your situation.