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Ode to Coconuts

The RI Family Court used to have a judge (now retired) who would quickly lose his temper with parties or lawyers in a divorce action who were fighting needlessly when no minor children were involved. “You two can’t divide the…

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You Need a Divorce Dolphin!

People first shopping for a family law attorney in their state never consider the value of a dolphin, everyone wants (or at least they think they want) a shark.  Everyone wants a shark, right?!  That’s how those moms in TV…

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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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