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In Rhode Island, alimony awards are quite limited and designed to provide short-term support to allow the recipient spouse to become financially independent and self-sufficient after divorce. Since state law requires the family court judge to review a number of factors before determining whether one spouse qualifies for alimony payments from the other spouse, obtaining an alimony award can be difficult. However, the existence of special circumstances can make an alimony award more likely.
Alimony is intended to be a rehabilitative tool. Therefore, when deciding whether to award alimony, the extent to which a spouse can be self-supporting after divorce is an important consideration reviewed by the court. Any of the following circumstances can make it more difficult for an individual to become financially independent after divorce, and as a result, a more likely candidate for an alimony award:
If you are considering filing for divorce or are presently going through a divorce, our sensitive Rhode Island divorce lawyers can assist you with your request for alimony and ensure that your rights are protected.
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