Also See: Rhode Island Marriage Laws
Statute: Rhode Island State Divorce Code (Title 15, Chapters 15-5): rilin.state.ri.us
Residency: Plaintiff must be a resident of the state for at least 1 year prior to filing Counseling Requirements: The court shall require the parties to attend mediation to resolve conflicts regarding custody and visitation Property
Distribution: Rhode Island relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution. Fault is considered.
Alimony: Alimony may be awarded to either party at the discretion of the court. Fault is considered.