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What are common dirty tactics in a wealthy divorce?

The divorce process might mean conflicts, stress and high emotions. Even if spouses in Rhode Island or elsewhere determine that the marriage is irretrievably broken and amicably agree to end the marriage, disputes could develop after the couple has filed for dissolution. Moreover, a spouse could decide to be spiteful, creating an even more complex situation.

What are common dirty tactics in a wealthy divorce? Those going through a high-asset divorce are often dealing with a complex dissolution process; however, the situation could get more complex if either spouse employs dirty tactics as a strategy to hurt or harm the other spouse.

Splitting retirement accounts in a gray divorce

The end of a marriage is not easy for any spouse no matter his or her age or the length of the union. While certain documents like a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement could ease the troubles and complications of divorce, not all couples opt to use these documents. While it is expected that divorcing couples in Rhode Island and elsewhere will have to make general decisions regarding property division and the division of marital assets, older couples may face additional issues that need addressing.

For those over the age of 50 going through a divorce, addressing retirement plans is often on the table. A gray divorce often means going through the process of splitting retirement accounts. Because the rate of 50-plus couples divorcing has roughly doubled between 1990 and 2013, it is important that older couples going through a gray divorce understand ways to handle retirement accounts during dissolution.

Growing trend in shared parenting for divorced parents

Parents constantly think about the needs of their children, but at times, parents in Rhode Island and other states might encounter challenges that might make it difficult to meet the needs and interests of their children. Divorce often complicates parenting matters, and while parents discuss custody arrangements that accommodate their schedules and post-divorce lives, it is important to develop a child custody agreement that focuses on the best interests of the child or children.

While the details of a marriage significantly impact how custody arrangements are formed, recent reports suggest that there is a growing trend in shared parenting. Equal parenting time is not only believed to benefit the children the most but is also the arrangement that many divorced parents are seeking.

How is child support modification order enforced?

Parents in Rhode Island understand the costs associated with raising a child. While married couples are often easily able to meet the financial needs of their child or children, divorce can often hinder the ability of both newly single parents to meet the monetary needs of their children.

In order to address these concerns, child support is often awarded to the parent that requires additional support to meet the needs of the child. However, the amount awarded at the time of divorce is not always the amount required later on, and some parents might seek modifications of the order.

Grandparent visitation rights in a Rhode Island divorce

Rhode Island parents face many decisions when raising a child. When parents decide to divorce, the decision-making process regarding their child or children may be brought to forefront. While it is obvious that each parent will work hard to develop a child custody arrangement that meets his or her needs, it is also imperative that the arrangement meets the needs and the best interests of the child. One factor some parents might not consider in the divorce process is how the split could impact other family members such as the parents of each spouse.

A divorce could strain the relationship a grandparent has with his or her grandchild. While this could just be temporarily and just during the stressful and emotional process of dissolution, some events could occur in the divorce process that prevent grandparents from seeing their grandchildren post-divorce. However, according the Rhode Island civil code, grandparents have rights they could possibly invoke in these situations.

Trucking firm seeks to protect family company in event of divorce

Today, marriage often means more than just an exchange of vows and a union between spouses. It means comingling property and assets and accumulating more throughout marriage. For some Rhode Island couples, it also means inviting spouses to exercise certain rights regarding a family business. However, because domestic issues could present themselves and disputes could evolve into divorce, it is important that proper steps are taken to protect a family business in the event of a divorce.

After being in business for over 90 years, the trucking firm A. Duie Pyle is currently preparing to turn over the business to the family's fourth generation. For this company that has $325 million in sales, there are many concerns regarding risks and losses that the transfer process will have to address.

How can divorcing couples divide real estate amicably?

There are many downsides to divorce. The emotions run strong and spouses will have to acclimate to a new life without some things they had during marriage. For some Rhode Island couples, divorce also means dividing up real estate. For some high asset divorces, parting ways with real estate can be complex.

How can divorcing couples divide real estate amicably? While the divorce could mean dividing up a family home, a secondary home and a vacation home, splitting the family home is often the most challenging. This is frequently because both spouses are most attached to the property known as the "home."

Artists splitting up art assets and art pieces during divorce

Divorce is a life event that could impact spouses in various ways. For some spouses in Rhode Island and elsewhere in the nation, dissolution could greatly impact his or her career. Some occupations result in the accumulation of assets and property, leading to some items believed to be private business or personal property to become marital property. For artists, it is commonly believed that the art they create for work is their personal property; however, some may surprised to find out that they might be splitting art assets in a divorce.

Property division at the end of the marriage means assessing the property and assets accumulated by the couple and splitting what is deemed marital property. For artists, the art that they create during the marriage is often treated as marital party by the courts. This is true regardless of whether the item is in a studio, in storage, used to decorate the house or is on consignment to a gallery.

Helping divorced parents with child custody issues

While it is a rewarding experience, raising a child could present some challenges for some parents in Rhode Island. A divorce can often disrupt parenting goals, and ex-spouses may encounter disputes regarding custody, visitation and parenting time. Our law firm understands that it can be difficult for divorcing or divorced parents to acclimate to a new parenting structure. Whether a divorced couple seeks a joint parenting plan or not, it is important that both parents understand their rights and options regarding custody and ways to enforce and modify a custody arrangement designed during dissolution.

It is important to keep the focus on the best interests of a child when making decisions regarding child custody. Our attorneys have helped past clients successfully navigate custody disputes, allowing for a custody plan that met the needs and interests of the children involved. Although it is natural for conflicts to exist during divorce, our attorneys are knowledgeable about ways and methods available that could help reduce the negative impacts on the child.

What is the purpose of alimony?

Spouses often have numerous questions when they initiate the divorce process. The process can often be emotionally taxing, and, naturally one's post-divorce finances are often a major concern for divorcing couples in Rhode Island and elsewhere. Understanding how a spouse will meet his or her needs and manage his or her new single life post-divorce can be difficult and sometimes impossible. Because some divorced spouses cannot meet their financial needs, alimony is often requested.

According to section 15-5-16 of the Rhode Island code, alimony was designed as a means to provide support for a spouse for a reasonable length of time. This financial support would help enable the recipient spouse to become financially independent and self-sufficient or self-supporting.

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