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Uncontested divorce in Rhode Island

Deciding to end their marriage legally, Rhode Island couples have two options:

  • Initiate a contested divorce. This option is the only one to opt for if a couple is in a complete disagreement concerning important divorce matters and therefore, has to hire lawyers. They have to pay a lot of money to attorneys and visit multiple divorce hearings so that the judge can make a fair final decision. All these make a contested divorce an extremely stressful venture.
  • File for uncontested dissolution. In this case, a couple has already reached an agreement and does not necessarily need to hire a lawyer. Apart from that, a divorce process will take considerably smaller amount of time. An uncontested case is usually finalized as soon as the waiting period in the state is over. That is why, such a dissolution is a much more preferable option for couples.

Deciding in favor of an uncontested option, spouses need to figure out how to deal with the paperwork. There is a wide variety of divorce forms required for each specific case. If you do not want to hire a lawyer, and try looking for forms online, be ready that you may find some old or incorrect ones that will be inevitably rejected by the court. How can you avoid such a hassle? Use OnlineDivorcer!

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Filing for divorce in Rhode Island without a lawyer

Decided to prepare and file for an uncontested dissolution on your own? Follow these steps:

  • Check whether you meet the residency requirements of the state. In Rhode Island, at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for 12 months before filing.
  • Collect and fill out all the needed divorce forms.
  • File the forms the family court clerk at the local courthouse and pay the filing fee.
  • Serve the paperwork on your spouse. In Rhode Island, you can deliver the documents to your ex-husband or wife through a sheriff or a private server.
  • Wait until the court schedules the final hearing.
  • In RI, you have to attend the hearing. Apart from that, you need to invite a witness who can testify that you have been a resident of the state for 1 year and that the reason for your divorce is irreconcilable differences. You and your spouse will also have to testify.
  • Wait until the court approves final divorce documents.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in Rhode Island?

If you are thinking about getting a DIY divorce in RI, read the following information about this process to be aware of all its pitfalls:

  • First of all, you need to check the following: 1) whether you meet the Rhode Island residency requirements; 2) if you are in agreement with your husband or wife and thus eligible to file for an uncontested dissolution.
  • Next, you need to visit the official website of your state. Here, find any useful divorce-related information and the forms required for your case. If you do not know what forms suit your situation, do a research or seek legal advice.
  • If you have minor kids, find info on: state child custody and support guidelines; all the required child-related forms; if there are mandatory parenting classes.
  • Now you can fill out the forms. If you feel like certain questions are hard to understand, google them to find out what they mean. You are very likely to answer incorrectly if you are not sure what is asked of you, and this would imply that a court might reject your documents.
  • Also, be careful with the fields that have to be filled in by a notary, attorney, or a clerk. Skip them when filling out the forms.
  • Finally, find out whether you have to take classes that will help you represent yourself during a hearing without a lawyer.
  • Now you can print and sign the documents. However, please mind that some papers might have to be signed in front of a notary.
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Rhode Island divorce forms

As there are various forms you may need to fill in, we have decided to provide you with the most common ones:

  • Complaint for Divorce
  • Cover Sheet
  • Statement of Assets, Liabilities, Income and Expenses
  • Child Support Guideline Worksheet

Rhode Island divorce papers online

In order to get your RI divorce forms filled out, you will need to have the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know


You have to file a Complaint for Divorce with the family court clerk at the local courthouse. After that, you will have to pay a sheriff to serve the copies of the paperwork on your spouse.

Residency Requirements

Either spouse must have lived in the state for 12 months prior to filing.

Waiting Period

The waiting period in Rhode Island is 90 days.

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Getting a divorce in Rhode Island with a child

There are quite a few aspects that divorcing parents need to take into consideration when initiating a marriage dissolution:

  • As in many other states, the RI courts consider the best interests of a kid while determining custody and support.
  • In the state, the judges may grant either sole legal custody to one parent or joint legal custody to both parents. However, parents have to prove themselves ready to cooperate and respect each other to be granted shared custody.
  • Physical custody in the state is usually called “physical placement” and can be granted to one parent. The second parent then obtains visitation rights. The court may also grant shared physical placement, but such cases are rare in Rhode Island.
  • The parent with physical placement is eligible to receive child support from the parent who is granted visitation rights.


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