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Alimony Attorney in Rhode Island

How Alimony Works

The laws addressing alimony in Rhode Island differ from those in some other states. Here, alimony is not intended to provide both parties with equal income after divorce. It is generally only paid to the receiving party for a limited period of time, until that party has become self-supporting and financially independent.

Alimony can either be awarded at a "fixed" rate, or at a rate that can be modified in the future. It is typically advised to negotiate a fixed alimony payment if possible, as a modification by one of the parties in the future may serve to disadvantage the other party. If you are trying to resolve a matter related to alimony, my firm is available to provide you with experienced advice and legal representation.

Common Questions about Alimony in Rhode Island

Will I have to pay alimony?

Rhode Island law allows for alimony to be paid under certain circumstances. The courts make a decision based upon the age and health of the party to whom alimony will be paid;

  • the expected time it will take for that party to become trained or educated and able to support his or herself;
  • the needs of any children of the marriage;
  • how the marital assets were divided, and what the value of those assets were;
  • the profession and income of each party;
  • and the standard of living that was enjoyed during the term of the marriage.

In our state, alimony is only awarded for a limited period of time, based upon these factors. Were you the sole income provider for the family? If so, you may be required to pay alimony. When both parties were working, it is possible that no spousal support will be awarded.

How much alimony will I have to pay in a divorce?

The calculations involved in determining the amount of alimony that will be awarded can only be accomplished by reviewing your personal situation. I can advise you about the amount the court may award your spouse in a divorce, and the various options that could allow you to avoid paying any. A divorce settlement can be arranged in which property is divided in such a way that both parties come to a compromise that doesn't require that the court becomes involved.

I can't pay my alimony payments, what do I do?

If you have had a significant change in circumstances, the court may allow your alimony payments to be modified, or even terminated in some cases. Severe health problems, loss of employment, a former spouse getting remarried and other circumstances allow for a modification or termination of alimony. I can petition the court and help you get this issue resolved legally, and protecting my clients' rights and interests is the focus of every action taken.

Obtain Spousal Support With My Firm's Help!

The Law Office of Patricia A. Sullivan provides assistance to individuals who are dealing with divorce and other family law matters.

  • I understand that divorce is difficult enough without disagreements and legal battles, and in every case I seek to obtain an amicable resolution for the client.
  • My firm will be committed to resolving your alimony case without the need for legal action, so that you can avoid the time and expense involved in courtroom litigation.
  • My firm has a long track record of successful action on behalf of clients seeking spousal support. I understand the reasons why judges rule in alimony cases, and I can help prepare your case presentation for increased chances of a positive result.
  • An AV Rated lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell, I diligently assert the rights of clients in need of financial relief.
  • I am caring and compassionate about your financial well-being, and will do whatever I can to help protect your future.

Contact an alimony lawyer who will work towards securing an outcome to your alimony matter that protects your personal and financial interests. The Law Office of Patricia A. Sullivan offers a free initial consultation!