Top 5 Rhode Island Divorce Laws

The top 5 things everyone should know about Rhode Island divorce laws.

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A divorce may be awarded if a spouses exhibits “[c]ontinued drunkenness,” or if there is “habitual, excessive, and intemperate use of opium, morphine, or chloral.”

A couple must “have lived separate and apart from each other for the space of at least three (3) years, whether voluntarily or involuntary.” Although, if the couple were living independently, or supporting themselves separately from their spouse, for three years Rhode Island might still grant a divorce.

If a couple seeking a divorce is found to contrive, stage, or “occasion” any of the grounds for divorce, the divorce will be not be awarded.

If a spouse files for divorce on the grounds of a fault that is difficult to obtain testimony for, a divorce may be granted if the spouse has some type of proof that satisfies the court.

The legal term for a legal separating in Rhode Island is a Divorce from Bed, Board, and Future Cohabitation. The divorce from bed and board, as it is referred to in short, can be granted to the petitioner along with compensation and “maintenance out of the estate or property of the husband or wife.”

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