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The Legal Help You Need Through The Divorce Process

Divorce often leaves people feeling emotionally devastated. Your relationship is dying, and you will need to work through the mourning process, regardless of how unprepared you may feel. Make sure you have a team of attorneys to help you through this difficult time.

At Assalone & Associates, LLC, Lawyers for Justice in Rhode Island, we are here for you. Any Rhode Island divorce lawyer at Assalone & Associates, LLC can take a team approach, dedicated to caring for our clients and protecting them through the complex divorce process. We work together as a team on all of our divorce cases, which provides a uniquely comprehensive, cost-effective solution for our clients.

Contact one of our Rhode Island divorce attorney online or by calling (401) 589-5599 today!

How Do I Get a Divorce in Rhode Island?

If you are the spouse filing for divorce (the plaintiff), you will need to complete the “complaint” document and a verification form, deliver them to the family court in your county and pay a filing fee (if you are unable to pay the fee, you may ask the judge to waive it).

In order to file for divorce in Rhode Island, either spouse will need to be a resident of the state for at least one year. If you and your spouse have minor children together, you may need to complete additional forms.

Serving Divorce Papers

Once you’ve filed the complaint and the verification, you will receive a blank summons, which you will need to fill out with the same case information as the complaint. Next, you will need to serve the summons to your spouse (the defendant). To accomplish this, you may enlist the services of the county sheriff or a private constable authorized to serve legal documents.

Your spouse will then respond by filing a counterclaim. If both of you agree on all terms of the divorce, also known as an uncontested divorce, the judge will likely approve of your divorce during the first court hearing. However, if the divorce is contested, the case may need to go to trial.

How Long Does a Divorce Take in RI?

The length of the divorce process in Rhode Island depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. If the divorce is uncontested, meaning both spouses agree on all issues, the Rhode Island family court allows couples to schedule a hearing approximately 75 days after the paperwork has been filed.

However, in order for the divorce to be finalized, there is a mandatory waiting period that begins after the first hearing.

How Long is the Divorce Waiting Period?

The length of the waiting period depends on the grounds for divorce:

  • “Irreconcilable differences” – 90 days

  • “Separate and apart” – 21 days

Length of a Contested Divorce

If the divorce is contested, meaning the couples cannot agree on issues such as child custody, child support, and property division, the case will likely need to go to trial, which may take several months or a year.

Is Rhode Island a No-Fault State in Divorce?

Rhode Island does allow for couples to file for a no-fault divorce, which means you do not have to prove marital misconduct in order to be granted a divorce. When filing for a no-fault divorce, spouses may simply list “irreconcilable differences” as the grounds.

Compassionate Yet Aggressive

We care deeply about our clients and the outcome of their divorce cases. Whenever possible we resolve divorces through the mediation process, but when this course of action is impossible, we fight aggressively for our clients in court.

Our Rhode Island divorce attorneys are thorough, dedicated and wholly committed to pursuing your best interest, regardless of how complex your divorce may seem.

Former clients have said, “She is an exceptional lawyer with her clients’ best interests at heart,” and, “She has given me my life back.”

Thorough And Dedicated Rhode Island Divorce Attorney

Our Rhode Island family lawyers are skilled and ready to handle all aspects of your divorce, including:

  • Property division: Our lawyers can make sure you get a fair shake when it comes to the division of property and debts.
  • Child custody: There is nothing more important than protecting your relationship with your child. Our legal team will help safeguard your time with your children to preserve that important relationship.
  • Child support: Whether you are the paying spouse or the spouse who will receive child support, you want to make sure your child is given what he or she needs to have a good life.
  • Same-sex divorce: Our Rhode Island family attorneys represent clients of all backgrounds and lifestyles in the divorce processes.

Responsive and Available 24/7

Divorce can be a lengthy, arduous process. Our legal team is dedicated to remaining responsive throughout your case. Our standard is to reply to client texts, emails and other inquiries within 24 hours.

Our family lawyers are also fully equipped with the technology to handle any divorce matter remotely. For clients who qualify, we work with an independent financing company for divorce financing. We are a full-service, fully equipped legal team dedicated to helping you.

At Assalone & Associates, our legal staff has a highly favorable reputation among our colleagues and clients within the community and the courtroom. We are fiercely committed to our clients and take every step necessary to obtain the best outcome possible.

    Contact Assalone & Associates in Kent County

    Our senior attorney, Veronica Assalone, is proficient in Spanish, French, German, Italian and American Sign Language. Our office assistant speaks Spanish.


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    To discuss your case with an experienced Rhode Island divorce attorney, call (401) 589-5599 or email us today.

    Why Choose Assalone & Associates?

    Unwavering Dedication to Achieving a Resolution
    • A Sense of Belonging

      We treat all of our clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. With our team approach, we really are all in this together and our clients experience the extraordinary difference and benefits of our unique approach to practicing law.

    • Full Support

      At most law firms, one lawyer will show up to represent you if your case goes to trial. With our team of lawyers, you get the entire team, as needed, for the cost of one lawyer. This provides excellent representation as well as a strong sense of support.

    • Full Coverage

      Because our attorneys each have unique backgrounds and skills, our team approach helps us make sure that every facet of your case is considered and covered. We also get to know you and your unique needs to build a case that meets your goals.

    • Cost-Effective

      With most firms, one attorney will handle every aspect of your case, even the small things that could be handled much more efficiently by a junior lawyer or paralegal. We use the least expensive resources needed to get the job done and we pass these savings on to our clients.

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    These Stories Are Our Source of Motivation & Inspiration
    • I was new to Rhode Island and had no idea what to do

      “I found myself in the horrible circumstance of an unexpected/unplanned divorce amidst the worst time of my life. I was new to Rhode Island and had no idea what to do, or who to call, who was good, or ...”

    • I highly recommend Assalone & Associates if you're in a position where you need someone to fight for you.

      “She always responded promptly when I had a question or issue. It's a high-stress and confusing time, but working with Assalone & Associates made it all a little easier.”

      - Jill P.
    • I would hire them again if ever needed.

      “Attorney Diorio and the rest of her staff helped me through a difficult case and I would hire them again if ever needed.”

      - Clay L.
    • I always felt that she had the best interest of my kids and myself throughout the time we worked together.

      “Stephanie was professional, prompt, and most importantly, she understands the emotional toll that divorce has on a mother and the children. I always felt that she had the best interest of my kids and myself throughout the time we worked together.”

      - S. Lima
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