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Third ex-wife of Terrence Howard seeks missed alimony payments

The divorce process is often a challenging life event to go through. Divorced and divorcing couples in Rhode Island should understand that post-divorce issues can arise, even after they reach a divorce settlement. For example, if the payer of alimony or spousal support fails to make a payment or seeks modifications, the divorced couple will most likely need to address this issue in court.

Actor Terrence Howard is currently going through a post-divorce battle regarding spousal support for his third ex-wife. Reports indicate that Howard's ex is accusing him of missed alimony payments. She claims that he owes her $500,000 and she recently filed a subpoena to gain access to Howard's contract for the new television series he is in.

Property division and avoiding post-divorce issues

It is not uncommon for married couples to disagree, and couples in Rhode Island understand how sometimes these small disagreements can lead to serious arguments. When couples decide to end their marriage, it is often the case that many disagreements will occur in the property division process over who gets what. Divorcing couples need to understand ways to address and work through these disputes so they can reach agreeable terms for a divorce settlement.

Reports suggest that many couples seek to initiate and work out their own divorce, but some couples do not fully understand the task that they are taking on. Whether they seek to save money or avoid a lengthy, drawn-out battle, it is key that all couples understand all the components of the divorce process. In addition, couples should also understand ways they can seek assistance if a complex issue arises or they do not know how to proceed. This is often the case in the property division process.

Dealing with parenting time issues during the holidays

The holidays often denote a time to be with family, but this can signal a lot of emotions for divorced parents. Child custody arrangements could present some issues for some divorce parents in Rhode Island and even ignite some additional emotions and disputes with their ex-spouse. Developing a holiday schedule could present some issues, even if the divorced couple is able to amicably and civilly carry out the custody order the rest of the year. This is why it is important to keep their co-parenting techniques in mind in order to survive the holiday season.

Whether the holiday season begins in winter or Halloween or Thanksgiving, parents should develop a reasonable plan that will fairly distribute parenting time for each parents. Furthermore, they should consider some ideas in order to help them get through a time that can sometimes be difficult to be without a child.

Could wage garnishment occur for missed child support payments?

Divorced parents are probably well aware of their financial situation during the holidays. While they are able to meet the financial needs of their children, thinking about all the gifts they want for the holidays could lead to an emotional and even difficult time. This is especially true if a custodial parent is not receiving the court-ordered child support payments from their ex-spouse. Both custodial and non-custodial parents should be aware of the consequences and remedies available in the event of missed child support payments.

Could wage garnishment occur to Rhode Island parents who miss child support payments? The simple answer to this question is yes. According to the Office of Child Support Services in Rhode Island, state law requires wage garnishment of a non-custodial parent's income if that parent fails to pay child support.

Handling property division in a Rhode Island divorce

When couples in Rhode Island think about divorce, they often think about the disputes that might arise. While disagreements are a common occurrence in the dissolution process, divorcing couples can navigate through them in order to reach a divorce settlement. Regarding property division, it is important that couples understand the rules so they can reach a fair and agreeable agreement about who gets what.

The assignment of property during divorce and separation is detailed in section 15-5-16.1 of the Rhode Island statutory code. The section explains the factors the court will use during the property division process.

Protecting inheritances in a high-asset divorce

Divorce often causes the world to change for the spouses going through the process. The end of a marriage is often considered emotional, complex and ugly at times. When numerous assets are up for grabs, spouses might dispute about who gets what. A high-asset divorce does not only include the division of marital property but also includes steps to ensure asset protection. Those seeking to protect and keep assets or property that were inherited prior to or during the marriage might face some complications in the divorce process.

It is not uncommon for an individual to be bestowed a gift or inheritances during their lifetime. When this occurs during a marriage, the person it was bequeathed to might face some complications if the union ends. Depending on the circumstances, a soon-to-be ex-spouse might seek half of the inheritance in the divorce process, however, in other circumstances, a spouse would not be able to touch it during dissolution.

Understanding the division of assets during dissolution

When Rhode Island spouses decide to end their marriage, this is just the beginning of the many decisions they will face in the process. Even when a couple mutually agrees to dissolve their union, they will still face some challenges regarding who gets what. The property division phase of divorce is often lengthy and could get rather complex.

When it comes to dividing assets, it is important to understand how each piece or property or asset are labeled. If it is considered marital property, then it is up for division in divorce. This is essentially any property or asset obtained during the marriage and is controlled by both spouses. Separate property is often property that was owned prior to marriage, an inheritance, a gift from a third party or a settlement payment from a judgment such as a personal injury claim.

Protecting assets, finances and retirement plans in gray divorces

Just as couples get married at different ages and at different points in their lives, divorces could occur at any time. Whether the couple was married for a few years or several decades, Rhode Island couples should be aware of the complications a gray divorce could bring to the mix. While divorce can be challenging at any point in life, a divorce later in life means taking additional steps to protect assets, finances and retirement plans.

A gray divorce is a dissolution that takes place when the couple is over the age of 50. The rate of baby boomer divorces is increasing and has nearly doubled from 1990 to 2010. Because the likelihood of getting divorced later in life is greater, it is important to address the steps necessary to ensure the protection of assets.

Ex-wife of energy company CEO gets nearly $1 billion in divorce

No matter the length of the marriage, when a couple splits, one part of coming to a divorce settlement is property division. The process tends to get trickier the longer the marriage lasts or the greater the assets accrued during the marriage.

Take, for example, a recent high-asset divorce. After a two-month long divorce trial, the ex-wife of the CEO of an energy company was awarded nearly $1 billion in the divorce decree. Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources married Sue Anne Hamm in 1988; she filed for divorce in 2012.

Is there a method used to calculate alimony during a divorce?

When married couples in Rhode Island decide it is in their best interest to part ways, there are several other important choices that must be made. Spousal support is one.

While awarding some form of alimony payment might be reasonable, some divorcing couples have a hard time agreeing on what constitutes a reasonable amount for a reasonable amount of time. Because financial support might be a major requirement for a spouse after divorce, some question if there is an alimony calculator or a method used to calculate alimony.

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