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Cat Fight!

An important question for many people going through a divorce is which party will get to keep the family pet or pets. This is typically a dog, though this post could apply to many pets. As with most legal questions,…

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Staying Married for the Children

So many couples put off divorce until their children are older, truly believing that once their children are adults themselves, the parents will then have the freedom to get a divorce without ruining their children’s perfect, married-parent childhood. However, this…

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Final Restraining Order

A Final Restraining Order may enter after a hearing in court. At this hearing, both parties (the person seeking the restraining order and the person whom the restraining order is being sought against) have the opportunity to be present and…

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Why You Need an Attorney

Divorce involves the uncoupling of two people, un-mingling of all of the assets (and worse, debts), and separation of all of the property.  Add to the mix that emotions and tensions typically run high during these times and a perfect…

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Temporary Restraining Orders

A Temporary Restraining Order, commonly referred to as a TRO, is different than a regular restraining order because it lasts only for a temporary period (usually 20 days). The restraining order is temporary because it allows for immediate protection until…

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How Quickly Can I Get Divorced?

In Rhode Island, all divorce cases will follow a typical timeline that the court has set up. After a divorce complaint has been filed, the complaint must then be served on the other party, which can take some time. From…

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Residency Requirements

In order for a court to have jurisdiction or the authority to preside over a divorce matter, most states have instituted residency requirements in which either one or both of the parties must have lived in the state for a…

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Child Custody

Many events that happen between parents aren’t considered during a child custody hearing. It typically won’t matter if one parent was the one that wanted the divorce or separation, or if one parent was unfaithful to the relationship. An exception…

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Adoption

Adoption matters typically involve a party wishing to adopt a minor child. If the person to be adopted is over 14 years old, their consent is usually required. Rhode Island may permit adult adoption, but adult adoptions typically take place…

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