Divorce & Alimony in Rhode Island
When you are in a relationship with someone, and nothing ever seems to be going right, it may sound appealing to get a divorce. In most cases, if you truly are unhappy there is a little to no reason as to why you shouldn’t file.
In many cases, though, for some spouses, it is nearly impossible to even think about how they would live off of only one income stream and because of that reason, the divorce never comes to fruition. In other cases, the divorce never happens because the thought of paying alimony in Rhode Island is just too much to bear.
At the Law Office of John E. MacDonald, we understand that paying Alimony in Rhode Island can be a daunting idea. We also find that once people understand how alimony is calculated, it is usually a little easier to swallow. When calculating Alimony in Rhode Island, it is important to comprehend what factors the court takes into account when calculating the need for and amount of support.
The main things the state will consider when deciding an amount of alimony:
– Marriage length
– Standard of living in the marital home
– Both spouses earning capabilities
– The ability for one spouse to pay alimony to the other
– Total number of children and involvement with them
– Whether or not one spouse was a homemaker during the marriage
Alimony in Rhode Island Timeline
Another serious fear among those who believe that they are going to have to pay alimony is the amount of time they will have to pay it. In many states, there is a hard law that says how long one person can be forced to pay alimony, but unfortunately, Rhode Island is not one of those states.
In Rhode Island, the amount of time that one party will have to pay alimony to the other is determined by the judge presiding over the case. The good news in these situations is that alimony is not designed to be a permanent payment option, but more as a way to make sure that one spouse keeps their head above water after a divorce.
Contact the Law Office of John E. MacDonald
If you are struggling with Alimony in Rhode Island and would like to find out what the best options are in your case, contact the Law Office of John E. MacDonald today for a free consultation at 401-421-1440.