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Jamie Kurtz has been a practicing divorce lawyer since 2008. She received her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles in 2007. Ms. Kurtz was selected to Rising Stars for 2013 - 2016, 2019 - 2020, a peer designation awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. She also co-founded a law firm that specializes in uncontested divorce cases.

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Online Divorce in Rhode Island

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For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Rhode Island, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Rhode Island.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Rhode Island has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Rhode Island is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Rhode Island with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.


When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Rhode Island, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.


Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Rhode Island is no exception.

Either of the spouses must have been a resident of Rhode Island for at least one year prior to filing for divorce. The divorce may be filed for in the county of residence of the plaintiff unless the one-year residency requirement has been satisfied by the defendant’s residence. In such a case, the divorce must be filed for in the county of the defendant’s residence. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapter 15-5-12].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Rhode Island driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

As for proving residency within a specific county, varies from county to county in Rhode Island. More information will be provided as you work through the process of filling out your questionnaire on OnlineDivorce.com

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Valid grounds to get divorce in Rhode Island

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Rhode Island. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

Establishing grounds is an important step in filing for divorce. This should be done together and both spouses must agree, unless one spouse plans to prove otherwise in a court of law in a contested divorce.

No-fault grounds for a divorce in Rhode Island include:


Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage or


Living separate and apart without cohabitation for three years. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapters 15-5-3, 15-5-3.1, and 15-5-5].

General reasons for divorce in Rhode Island include:






Abandonment and presumed dead;


Alcoholism and/or drug ad­diction;


Willful desertion for five years [potentially less at the discretion of the court];


Cruel or inhuman treatment;


Bigamy; and


Gross neglect. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapter 15-5-2]. Law].

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Custody of the child in Rhode Island

Custody of the child

Child custody is determined according to what would be in the best interests of the child or children. Reasonable visi­tation should always be granted to the non-custodial parent, unless there is reason that it would be harmful to the child.

There are no additional factors for consideration set out by statute in the State of Rhode Island. There is not a specific provision for joint custody in Rhode Island, though it can be adopted at the agreement of the spouses who are divorcing. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapter 15-5-16].

Rules for child support in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s standard child support rules and regulations will apply in almost every divorce case, barring extraordinary circumstances. Both parents’ gross incomes and some child related expenses will be considered as the child support is calculated. Child support continues until the child reaches age 18 and it may extend until the completion of secondary education in some cases.

Either parent may be ordered to provide child support, after a consideration of the follow­ing factors:

  • The financial resources of the child;
  • The standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage had not been dissolved;
  • The physical and emotional and educational needs of the child;
  • The needs of the noncustodial parent;
  • The financial resources of both the noncustodial and the custodial parent; and
  • Any other factors.

Rhode Island Family Court child support guidelines should be followed. In order to guarantee child support payments, the court can and will at times require:

  • Income or property assignments;
  • Posting of bond; or
  • Wage withholding.

There is an official Child Support Guidelines Form which must be filed in all cases which involve minor children. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapters 15-5-16.1, 15-5-16.2, 15-5-16.6, 15-5-22, and 15-9-1 and Rhode Island Rules of Procedure for Domestic Relations; Appendix of Forms].

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Rules for spousal support in Rhode Island

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, which can be sometimes referred to as spousal support, may be ordered by the court to help a spouse live and comfortably exist in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided together upon by the couple before filing or it may be awarded by the court in a contested divorce case.

Either spouse can be awarded spousal support after divorce or legal separation. In determining the amount of spousal support, these factors must be considered:

  • The extent to which either spouse would be unable to support himself or herself properly because of his or her position as a primary caretaker of a child whose age, condition, or circumstances make it appropriate the parent not work outside of the home;
  • The extent to which either party cannot support himself or herself;
  • The extent to which a spouse did not seek employment while fulfilling homemak­ing responsibilities;
  • The extent to which a spouse’s education became outdated and his or her earning capacity diminished;
  • The time and expense required for a supported spouse to earn appropriate education and training to develop marketable skills and become employed;
  • The probability, given a spouse’s age and skills, of completing education and training to become self-supporting;
  • The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage;
  • The opportunity for either spouse for the future acquisition of capital assets and income;
  • The ability of the supporting spouse to pay, taking into consideration the sup­porting spouse’s earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, debts, and standard of living;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The behavior of the spouses during the marriage;
  • The health, age, station, occupation, amount and sources of income, vocational skills, and employability of the spouses;
  • The liability and needs of the spouses; and
  • Any other factors which are just and proper. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapters 15-5-16 and 15-5-16.1].

Property division in Rhode Island

Property division

Rhode Island is an “equitable distribution” state. Separate property, or that property which a spouse owned prior to the marriage and any property which a spouse receives due to gift or that he or she inherits (either be­fore or during a marriage) is not subject to to being divided. Any other property (which is to include any income from separate property that was earned during the marriage) can and will be divided by the court. The following factors are con­sidered:

  • The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition, preservation, or appreciation in value of the marital property, including the contribution of each spouse as homemaker;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • The behavior of the spouses during the marriage and at the time of divorce;
  • The wellness and ages of the spouses;
  • The amount and sources of income of the spouses;
  • The occupation and overall employability of each of the spouses;
  • The contribution by one spouse towards the education, training, licensure, business, or increased earning power of the other spouse;
  • The need that a custodial parent has to occupy or own the marital residence and to use or own the household property to provide for the best interests of any children;
  • Either spouse’s wasteful destruction, use or unfair transfer of any assets in contemplation of divorce;
  • The opportunity of each spouse for acquisition of assets and income; and
  • Any other factor which is just and proper. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapter 15-5-16.1].

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Mediation support in Rhode Island

In cases that involve child custody or visitation, the court can direct the parents to actively participate in mediation in and work to resolve any differences in such a program. There is an official Family Court counseling form which must be filed with the Complaint for Divorce. [General Laws of Rhode Island; Title 15, Chapter 15-5-29].

For those seeking to prepare their divorce papers using OnlineDivorce.com, utilizing divorce mediation can be a great tool to smooth out disagreements and prevent the case from going to court. This can be the simplest way to assure a fast, easy and affordable online divorce.

Divorce forms in Rhode Island

Rhode Island forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Rhode Island

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long it will take

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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