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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Rhode Island?

Every state has its own laws and regulations when it comes to filing divorce. Rhode Island is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you do not need any other grounds aside from irreconcilable differences (R.I.G.L. § 15-5-3.1) in order to file for divorce. There are other recognized grounds for divorce, however, as seen in Rhode Island General Laws § 15-5-2.

These grounds include:

  • Impotency
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Willful desertion for five years of either party or willful desertion for a shorter period in the discretion of the court
  • Continued drunkenness
  • The habitual, excessive, and intemperate use of controlled substances
  • Neglect and refusal, for at least one year before filing divorce, of the husband (when able) to provide for his wife
  • Any other gross misbehavior and wickedness of either party

Spouses in Rhode Island can also seek to obtain a divorce if they have lived separate lives for at least three consecutive years, voluntarily or involuntarily. If so, then the court may enter a judgment pending a final judgment of divorce.

Whether you want to get a divorce because your marriage is beyond repair, or because of infidelity, abuse, or any number of reasons, you need a skilled Rhode Island divorce attorney. You need Patricia A. Sullivan!

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