How is Spousal Support Determined in Rhode Island?


A marriage filled with conflict often makes divorce a very appealing option. So much so that there are rarely any significant disadvantages to filing. For many spouses, however, the thought of living on just one income can be daunting and even make you think twice about getting a divorce. For others, having to pay spousal support is equally deterring.

When you understand how spousal support is calculated in Rhode Island, it may ease your fears about the future. It is first helpful to understand what factors the court takes into consideration regarding the need for support. Whether alimony becomes necessary has a lot to do with your marital history.

All of the following will impact the court's ultimate decision:

  • The length of your marriage
  • The involvement and age of any children
  • Your standard of marital living
  • Both spouse's conduct during the marriage
  • Whether one spouse was a homemaker during the marriage
  • Each spouse's earning capacity
  • The overall ability of the supporting spouse's ability to pay alimony

How long can alimony last?

Once apparent that spousal support is necessary and that one spouse has the means to pay it, the next question is its duration. Many states have certain laws determining how long spousal support can last, but Rhode Island is not one of them.

The terms and conditions of an alimony order are essentially left up to the judge. Because it is seen as a means to give one spouse stability while getting back on their feet, alimony is generally not permanent. Only in very serious circumstances will a judge order continuing spousal support.

As either the receiving spouse or the paying spouse, you have the ability to petition for a support modification. You must show the court that a significant change has occurred in your life, such as a new job or health problems, and modified orders are necessary.

Regardless of where you stand in the divorce proceedings, it is never too late to retain a Providence divorce lawyer. I have the experience and determination necessary to achieve the outcome you need. Schedule your free consultation today!

Share To: