Rhode Island Alimony / Spousal Support

Rhode Island alimony, also referred to as spousal support is construed as payments for the support or maintenance of either the husband or the wife., by court order or through agreement of the parties.

Rhode Island spousal support is intended to preserve the economic status of both parties, as it existed during the marriage.

Types of Alimony Awarded in Rhode Island

According to Rhode Island statutes the purpose of alimony is to provide support for a spouse for a reasonable length of time so that the recipient can become financially independent and self-sufficient. However, spousal support may be awarded for an indefinite period of time, at the discretion of the court when it is deemed appropriate.

Spousal support or maintenance in Rhode Island can be awarded based on these factors:

In addition to the above Rhode Island courts will also take the following into consideration when determining the amount of spousal support:

Modification of Alimony in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, the courts can modify the amount of alimony, if so requested by either party if there is a significant change in circumstances.

Rhode Island statutes regarding alimony can be found here: Rhode Island TITLE 15 Domestic Relations CHAPTER 15-5 Divorce and Separation SECTION 15-5-16

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