Category : Family Court

How Does the Rhode Island Family Court Divide Property During a Divorce?

A Family Court  judge in Rhode Island determines how property is distributed in a divorce in a three step process. First, the judge must identify which assets are marital property.  In doing so, the judge must exclude the following three categories of property: (1)         Property held by a party…

What Constitutes Income for Purposes of Calculating Child Support in Rhode Island?

          The Rhode Island Supreme Court has indicated that ” [t]he guiding principle in setting a child-support award is to balance the needs of the child against the financial ability of the absent parent.” Paradiso v. Paradiso, 122 R.I. 1, 3, 404 A.2d 60, 61 (1979). ”…