Deciding who gets what during dissolution is often very difficult for Rhode Island divorcing spouses. Because of its value or history, certain items are more challenging to divvy up than others. In most cases, the family home will be the most challenging piece of property to deal with during property division. Many memories have been made in the home, and it can be difficult for some spouses to give it up. Moreover, if children are involved, this could delay some actions taken on the family home.
According to Sections 15-5-16.1.1 of the Rhode Island code, the delay of the sale of the home could occur if the custodial parent of the children seeks deferment. If that parent was awarded physical custody of the children, the parent is able to defer the sale of the home to minimize the adverse effect the divorce could have on the child.