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Can My Spouse Pay for My Divorce?

A wonderful woman came into my office last week, a victim of abuse who had been cornered and stuck in her marriage for far too long.  Her spouse was emotionally and psychologically abusive, was controlling every aspect of her life. …

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Kiss and Make Up After Divorce?

A common question asked by clients seeking to end their marriage is something along the lines of: “What if I file for divorce and then we reconcile?” This phenomenon has been common enough that the law actually anticipates it as a very…

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What If, Though, Ya Know?

Hypotheticals.  Beloved tool of Socrates.  Scourge of any Family Court attorney. "What if my husband moves some new chick into the home?  Huh?  Didya think of that?  That whore.  What the hell am I gonna tell my eight-year-old?"  {*n.b. these…

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Should I Seek Alimony?

When you are deciding whether to seek alimony from your spouse in a divorce action consider three things: 1.  What are my future needs? The judge will consider your current employment, if any, and your chances of meaningful, future employment. …

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I HAVE AN EMERGENCY!

Many people who are filing with the Family Court feel as though they have a genuine emergency.  For the most part, they are mistaken. When you file your case in the RI Family Court, you are given a court date…

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“Visitation Isn’t Free”

(by guest blogger) I observed something troubling in family court today. A mom and her attorney had just come out of a mediation.  They were loudly discussing what had just happened with the mediator, ex-husband, and opposing counsel. (A note…

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