Filing an Uncontested Divorce in Rhode Island
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Many people believe divorce is an expensive, stressful, and time-consuming battle filled with tons of fighting with your spouse and heated courtroom battles. While that is certainly a possibility, there is a better way that a lot of couples choose to pursue: an uncontested divorce.
How to File for Uncontested Divorce
In Rhode Island, if both spouses agree to dissolution and they do not wish to contest any part of the proceedings, filing for an uncontested, no-fault divorce is an option. In order to file, you and your spouse must be in complete agreement with all major issues. If you cannot come to an agreement on even one of these issues, then your divorce becomes contested and you must have your case heard in court. When filing, you simply have to tell the court that you and your spouse agree on all matters and provide a reason why the marriage is ending.
- Some issues that must be agreed upon to file for uncontested divorce include:
- Child custody
- Visitation rights
- Parenting plan
- Division of assets & debts
- Spousal support/alimony
Want to know more about filing an uncontested divorce? Call McIntyre Tate LLP today at (401) 351-7700.
the “The Easy Route” for dissolving Your Marriage
Uncontested divorces may seem like an easy route to take for your dissolving your marriage, and in many cases, they can be, but they do require that you and your spouse work together to come to a mutually-beneficial and fair agreement that protects both of your best interests equally. If you and your spouse cannot work together well, this may not be the best option for you. A skilled Rhode Island uncontested divorce attorney from our firm may be able to assist you with this determination and the negotiation processes in order to help you reach the best possible outcome.
Requirements for Uncontested, No-Fault Divorce in Rhode Island
Before filing, you or your spouse must meet the residency and separation requirements. Either of you must have:
- Resided in Rhode Island for at least one year.
- Been separated and lived separately for at least three years.
These requirements only apply to uncontested, no-fault divorce.
Filing the Summons and Complaint for Divorce begins the process. In this form, you will confirm your eligibility to file, provide the reason, and any matters that you want the court to decide. If you and your spouse agree to everything, you may complete a Divorce Settlement Agreement which involves settling property division, assets, and debts. Unfortunately, none of the forms are available online. You must contact your local County Clerk’s office.
Experienced Representation for Uncontested Divorce
At McIntyre Tate LLP, we have over 150 years of combined experience. We understand that no two cases are ever exactly the same and we strive to provide each client with an individualized experience that not only looks out for their best interests but helps alleviate stress caused by the uncertainty of what’s ahead.
Schedule a consultation if you are considering uncontested divorce in RI.
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