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Enforcing child support payments and understanding modification

Whether parents are married or divorced, they have the obligation to provide for the financial needs of their children. Designing a child support arrangement can be challenging, and some Rhode Island parents might find it difficult to uphold the agreement due to issues arising post-divorce. This issue could present problems for the custodial parent and the children if the noncustodial parent is unable or unwilling to follow the child support agreement. In some cases, this might lead to parents considering child support modification, which can lead to questions about how they could go about this process and what the process entails.

In order to understand whether modification is a possible option, parents should understand why child support is awarded and how they reach the specific amount used in the order. When child support is established or even modified, the orders are a reflection of various factors including both parents' income. To prevent arrears from accruing, the amount on the original or modified order will be one that the noncustodial parent will be able to fulfill each month.

Addressing property division issues during dissolution

There are events in life that require couples to sort through their belongings. In some cases this occurs for an impending move and a cause for that move is when the couple decide to divorce and move into two separate homes. Even in a short-term marriage, deciding who gets what is not an easy process to accomplish. Our firm understands that the property division step in dissolution could create hurdles, disputes and possibly further complicate the entire process. This is why it is important to outline the process and understand how to address potential legal issues.

A complex property distribution often follows a filing for a high asset divorce. While documents such as a prenuptial agreement could ease the process, these legal documents do not always outline what should be done regarding all marital assets. This could lead to disputes regarding the category the property falls under and who should get what.

Navigating through a child custody battle

Navigating life post-divorce is often a challenge. Parents in Rhode Island often find it difficult to acclimate to their new single life while also addressing the needs of their children. Our firm understands that the divorce process is difficult for not only the spouses but also the children involved. Establishing a child custody plan is not always easily accomplished and the divorce process could lead to numerous disputes surrounding divorce issues and custody.

Going through a child custody battle is not only hard on the parents but the children often suffer as well. They are not only adjusting to a new life in two separate households but they are also affected by the stress and emotions experienced by their parents. How a parent addresses a custody issues not only affects the resulting arrangement but could also physically, mentally and emotionally impact the child as well.

How do you uncover hidden assets during divorce?

When it comes to divorce, there are many issues that spouses need to be focused on. Rhode island couples understand that the complexities of dissolution could lead some spouses to ignore important factors. With regards to a high asset divorce, it is crucial that both spouses have a full financial picture to avoid missing assets or property during the distribution process. When going through this step, some question whether there could be hidden assets and if so, how would they go about uncovering them.

When a marriage gets rough and there is an impending divorce, some spouses might consider hiding assets in order to avoid losing them in the divorce process. While they are able to rationalize or justify this action in the moment, they could deal with legal issues that could lead to a complex distribution of marital assets and property.

How seeking rehabilitative alimony could help after a divorce

Finances are often a major concern when a marriage ends in Rhode Island or other states across the nation. The divorce process often focuses on certain assets, dividing property and determining whether a spouse requires alimony. In most cases, a spouse seeks alimony to assist them financially post-divorce. Depending on the details of and the circumstances involved in the marriage, a spouse could receive spousal support for certain duration of time.

Alimony often serves to provide a spouse a continuing income to limit the unfair economic effects divorce could have on a spouse. In some cases, the unfairness exists because one of the spouses was the primary wage earner. Whether they were a stay-at-home parent, homemaker or made a low income, divorce could create serious financial challenges for this spouse. Alimony seeks to fill in this gap so they could maintain the same lifestyle they experienced during the marriage.

Rhode Island authorities arrest five for owing child support

When parents divorce, it is often just as hard to make decisions regarding their children, as it is to acclimate to post-divorce life with their child or children. The dissolution process requires parents to address pressing issues such as custody and child support. Ensuring a child has enough financial support helps promote a better transition to the post-divorce lifestyle. While this adjustment could take time and details regarding child support payments and parenting time might require modification down the line, the best interest of the child should always be top priority.

Authorities in Rhode Island recently arrested five residents after the Rhode Island Family Court issued warrants for their failure to pay child support. According to reports, all five arrested parents accumulated a large outstanding amount of unpaid child support.

The importance of addressing property division issues

During dissolution, sometimes it is difficult to see past the emotions everyone is experiencing. Divorce is a major event in a person's life and our firm understands that the emotional impacts could interfere with a person's decision-making process. It is crucial that spouses take all the necessary steps during dissolution, especially when it comes to dividing up property. Being well informed about their rights and what property and assets are involved is crucial.

For the most part, divorcing spouses in Rhode Island assume that all of their property will be divided in half. While this is sometimes true, this is not always the case. Because not all property falls into the category of marital assets or marital property, property tends to not be split down the middle.

Strategies for addressing issues for co-parents

When children are present in a divorce, numerous important decisions must be made that could impact both the parents and children involved. Parents in Rhode Island should be aware that these choices are not always set in stone, and if issues to occur, adjustments can be made. With regards to a child custody arrangement, modifications could result if changes in circumstances require a change in parenting time.

Co-parenting, which is also referred to as joint or shared parenting, is a type of child custody that often affords parents equal parenting time. Furthermore, it allows both parents to make decisions regarding their child's health, education and wellbeing. In most cases, co-parenting is a positive and effective custody arrangement, but there are still issues and pitfalls that could lead to disputes.

How moving to another sate could affect a child support order

When parents divorce, it is clear that each parent will have to make major decisions regarding their children. These choices might not be the easiest ones to make, but decisions regarding custody and child support are necessary to reach a final divorce agreement. While most divorcing couples seek to reach an agreement and move on with their new post-divorce life, certain events might create child support issues, which would require modifications to the original plan.

According to the State of Rhode Island's Office of Child Support Services, the most challenging cases regarding child support are interstate cases. This is when one parent resides in another state and the custodial parent continues to reside in the state of Rhode Island. According to federal law, all states are required to provide child support services to all the families that apply for it, and interstate issues do not prevent that.

Addressing issues involved in a high asset divorce

Even when a couple agrees to end their marriage, the divorce process could still be a very complex and lengthy event. Our firm understands that the division of marital property is often a contentious step. Some divorcing couples in Rhode Island may find it challenging to sort through their marital assets, especially during a high asset divorce. Disputes, hidden assets and disagreements about asset valuation could prolong this process and could make even the most amicable divorce a challenge to sort through.

Obtaining a full financial picture is a crucial step in the divorce process. This not only brings all of the couple's personal and marital property and assets into light but also helps categorize the property. Furthermore, this step could help locate any assets that have been deliberately hidden by a spouse.

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