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How can parents enforce child support orders in another state?

Divorcing parents have numerous factors to consider regarding the needs and interests of their children. Because of that, divorced parents in Rhode Island establish a child support agreement in order to ensure the financial needs of the children are met. While these orders are often followed and met, some situations complicate the enforcement of child support orders. When one parent moves to another state, this could present some enforcement issues.

How can parents enforce child support orders in another state? According to the State of Rhode Island Office of Child Support Services, federal law requires that the office of Child Support Services provide services for all families that have applied for location, paternity establishment or establishment of support obligation.

Divorce, co-parenting and reducing the stress on children

For divorcing parents in Rhode Island and elsewhere in the nation, it is not uncommon for parents to agree to joint custody of their children. While developing a shared custody agreement could better meet the children's' needs and interests, it is not always an easy arrangement to which to adjust. Moreover, when parents decide to co-parent, it is important that they understand that this arrangement could still include conflicts.

Co-parenting after divorce requires parents to have patience and the willingness to cooperate, collaborate and learn new ways to deal with the challenges and obstacles present in post-divorce life. One major step parents should take is to limit or reduce the impacts the situation might have on the children.

Protecting assets during dissolution without a prenup

When spouses in Rhode Island decide to divorce, they often consider ways they could make the difficult process easier. For some, the fear of divorce and the consequences the process could possess caused the couple to enter into a prenuptial agreement. While prenups can be a very useful tool for those who end up dissolving their union, the truth is that not all married couples made the decision to include a marital agreement in the union. So what happens when a prenup is not involved in a marriage? How can spouses protect their assets during divorce?

Protecting assets is an important step to take during the property division portion of dissolution, and it is often the case that options are still available to ensure the protection of assets and property in a divorce. Here are five ways a spouse can protect his or her assets without a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in a divorce.

How to protect privacy and child's interests during divorce?

Divorces are often described as being complicated. Even if the process appears to be relatively straightforward, spouses could encounter obstacles they are not prepared for. In a high-asset divorce, there are often numerous legal issues that need to be addressed. Spouses in Rhode Island are not always prepared to deal with the challenges and complications. Moreover, they are often not prepared for the length of the process, how it impacts the children involved or any publicity of the complex dissolution.

How do you protect your privacy and the best interests of your child in a high asset divorce? For wealthy and celebrity divorces, the details of a relationship, especially a break-up or a divorce, could be highlighted in the media. In order to avoid the details of a divorce to become public knowledge, it is common for these couples to forego litigation and arrive at a divorce settlement on their own. The biggest reason is privacy.

Legal recourses when parents don't follow child custody orders

Reaching a child custody agreement can be a challenging task for divorced parents in Rhode Island. Even if parents have agreed to the terms and believe they are generally fair, it can be difficult to acclimate to not having their child around all of the time. This could lead some parents to seek additional time outside of the visitation schedule. And while divorced parents could agree to slight changes to the arrangement, parents should understand that there could be consequences for unauthorized visitation.

Unauthorized visitation occurs when a parent does not adhere to the terms of a child custody arrangement. This could mean keeping a child longer than their allotted time or is late picking them up. This situation is not only challenging for the parents involved, but it could also create a stressful situation for the children involved.

Ex-wife of Continental CEO loses alimony appeal

The end of a marriage could mean several things to a couple, but divorce often means each spouse transitioning to a single life. Because a lot of major decision made during a marriage often relate to finances, meeting all monetary needs post-divorce could be challenging for some spouses in Rhode Island.

In order to maintain the lifestyle he or she was accustomed to, a husband or a wife may request alimony. Depending on the details on the marriage, if spousal support is awarded, it might only be ordered for a set amount of time, until the spouse is self-supporting or gets re-married. But what happens if a spouse is awarded alimony but they do not agree with the amount ordered.

How are inheritances protected in a divorce?

Couples often bring a lot into a marriage, and most times, spouses will accumulate various assets and property over the duration of their union. Because there is much to consider regarding who owns what and what is considered marital property, the property division step can be very complex and dispute filled for some divorcing couples in Rhode Island. But what happens when a spouse has an inheritance? Could a spouse seek ownership of an inheritance of the other spouse in the event of a divorce?

In a marriage, it is common to share just about everything, even if a spouse intends to keep ownership. The problem is that once an asset or property is treated like marital property or is co-mingled with marital assets, that piece of property or asset will usually be treated as marital property.

Requesting alimony and meeting financial needs post-divorce

With dissolution comes much decision-making, and in some divorces, Rhode Island spouses might have to make serious choices regarding their future finances. Requesting alimony is one way a divorcing or divorced spouse could address post-divorce monetary issues, helping a spouse meet their financial needs and maintain the lifestyle they were accustomed to during marriage. But divorcing spouses seeking spousal support should understand how alimony is determined, modified, terminated and enforced.

For a historical perspective, alimony awards were linked to marital misconduct, but now with no-fault divorce laws in place, alimony is considered a right that reflects socio-economic situations of the spouses. Spousal support is often considered the last piece of the financial puzzle because it is often addressed after addressing issues such as child support and property division.

Establishing, modifying and enforcing child support orders

Going from a two-parent household to a one-parent household is only one of the many life changes divorced parents in Rhode Island will need to acclimate to. It can be challenging for a divorced parent to get everything done like they used to, especially when attempting to work around their new custody schedule.

Moreover, the cost of raising a child can seem much more costly after a divorce when there is no longer two incomes available to pay for the child or children's financial needs. In these situations, requesting child support could help address these issues, and our law firm is experienced in working with clients to formulate and negotiate a child support payment order.

How are assets divided up in a high asset divorce?

There is no such thing as a simple divorce. Even when the process appears to be fairly straightforward and spouses are able to see eye-to-eye on major decisions, asset division could make even the most amicable divorce complex. The more assets and property a couple has, the more challenging it can be the divvy up everything. Thus, while some divorcing spouses seek to hurry the process, it is important to take the time to assess the property involved in a high asset divorce.

How are assets divided up in a high asset divorce? Some married couples in Rhode Island might have opted to have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement as part of their union. In these cases, the legal document, once validated as enforceable, could be used to divide up the marital assets of the couple. While this could be used to divide all of the property involved in the marriage, it might only address some major assets that concerned a spouse.

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