The divorce process is often complicated and emotionally traumatic. Our experienced Rhode Island divorce attorneys can guide you every step of the way. While some divorce cases may be simple and amicable, it is still important to seek the help of a knowledgeable lawyer to protect your interests and uphold your rights. Our firm combines compassionate services with tenacious representation. We can provide the legal assistance you need as you seek a beneficial outcome.
Generally, you should always seek legal representation if the divorce involves:
- Incidents of domestic violence
- A vindictive or antagonistic spouse
- Child support, visitation, and custody issues
- Large assets
In addition, if you think your spouse is lying during the process or withholding information, or has already hired legal counsel, you should obtain representation as soon as possible. Our attorneys can gather evidence to build your case and discuss your options to determine the best course of action. At McIntyre Tate LLP, we are passionate about finding effective legal solutions for complicated divorce issues. Whether your case is ultimately settled or litigated, our compassionate lawyers can diligently represent you from start to finish.
The Divorce Process
The divorce process begins when the spouse seeking a divorce files a complaint for divorce with the court. The complaint identifies the grounds for a divorce, and may request the court to divide the parties’ property, award alimony and set custody/visitation arrangements (if children are involved). After the complaint is filed, it will be served to the other spouse in person, either by a local sheriff or by a private constable. The spouse then will need to provide a response, generally within 20 days.
Once the spouse responds to the complaint, both parties will exchange information concerning income, property, and assets. If the parties settle issues of property division, alimony, and child custody or visitation issues, they will present the final written agreement to a family court judge for approval. However, if the parties are unable to reach a mutual agreement, the case will go to trial and a judge will decide these issues.
During litigation, each party will present evidence in support of claims regarding a variety of issues. These issues often deal with child support, child custody, alimony, grounds for divorce, and division of assets and property. Once all the evidence has been considered, the judge will make a final decision regarding the case. Our Rhode Island divorce lawyers have guided hundreds of clients through the complicated divorce process. We can tenaciously uphold your interests as you seek a favorable solution.