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How long does it take to get a divorce in Rhode Island?

About 75 days.  That is assuming you and your spouse come to an agreement on all terms prior to the initial divorce hearing.  Once the court grants the divorce, there is a 90-day waiting period.  In some cases, the court will grant an expedited hearing for exceptional circumstances. There are several factors which delay the Read More

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How much does a divorce cost in Rhode Island?

The cost of your divorce is a function of how contested your divorce is.  Filing and service fees alone are about $200.  If there are no disputes about child custody, child support, visitation, alimony or the division of assets, then your divorce could cost as little as $1,500.  In the simplest of cases, there are Read More

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What is mediation?

  Mediation is a choice.  Mediation is an alternative to divorce litigation.  A neutral third party will assist you in crafting a divorce judgement which works for you. It is YOUR choice.  Mediation empowers you to take control of the dissolution of your marriage.  Mediation is a better economic alternative to divorce litigation.  In mediation, Read More

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Can I mediate child support payments?

I am a firm believer in mediation.  Just about every dispute can be resolved through effective mediation.  Divorce mediation is no different.  Within most divorce mediations, we have a bunch of mini mediations.  For example, divorcing couples need to come to agreement on the sale of a home, child visitation schedules, division of personal property, Read More

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Do I need a lawyer or mediator to handle my divorce?

Often, I am presented with the question, do I need to have a lawyer in my divorce?  Can I represent myself?  Or, why do I need to use a mediator?  My spouse and I can work these issues out ourselves.  Well, quite frankly, if you could just work it out with your spouse, you probably Read More

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Why Mediation?

Mediation is a choice. Your choice. Mediation empowers you to take control of the dissolution of your marriage. Mediation is a better economic alternative to divorce litigation. In mediation, you decide, and you accept the settlement terms you created through mediation. A good mediator will help you focus on an interest-based approach to dissolution instead Read More

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Remote Mediation is an even better option

Divorce is the emotional equivalent to a tsunami. I have yet to encounter an ‘amicable’ divorce. But, I have been able to work with clients in crafting equitable separation agreements. What makes these agreements palatable to divorcing couples, is that they, not a court, controlled the outcome. Mediation is simply a means to safely, respectfully Read More

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TOP 4 REASONS TO MEDIATE YOUR DIVORCE

You control the outcome. One would think that the single biggest reason to mediate a divorce is that, on average, it is extremely less expensive than litigation. But, the #1 reason to mediate is CONTROL. In mediation you control the outcome. In court, a judge controls the outcome. As a trial attorney with 1000s of Read More

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