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10 Dec 2011, 3:10 am by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Divorce in the State of Rhode Island can be filed using "no-fault" grounds. It is generally the preferred grounds for filing in the Rhode Island Family Court typically because it tends to keep the divorce matter more amicable and in the event there is a trial there is no particular need for the court to declare the divorce based upon the fault of either party which lessens the need for the court to hear testimony about the conduct of the parties. However, there are various additional grounds that… [read post]
15 May 2013, 8:18 pm by Michael
Michael Who will you call for help? Are your marriage troubles still keeping you awake at night? Are you worried about how your life will be affected if you are divorced? Are you having thoughts that clearly indicate you are depressed? We know how you feel. Many of our clients felt like there was no way out of their situation…and that their life after a divorce would never be the same. There comes a point at which marital difficulties turn into something more serious than a common… [read post]
26 Apr 2013, 4:41 pm by Michael
Michael You will get to keep the house. If you own your home, one of the biggest points of contention you are likely to face—outside of the custody of children—is who, if anyone, will get to keep the house. You will get to keep the house. Truth: You may not be the one who gets the house. In some cases the home must be sold in order to accurately divide assets among the two parties. You may want to keep your family home. You may have strong ties to the community. But before you make… [read post]
14 May 2013, 5:01 am by Michael
MichaelMy spouse will be fair and cooperative. There’s nothing like a divorce to make people who once were civil and kind erupt into all sorts of irrational behavior. If you are preparing for divorce, keep this myth at the forefront of your mind: My spouse will be fair and cooperative. Truth: Divorce is an emotionally agitating experience. People who are usually reasonable can often become unfair and extraordinarily uncooperative. You would be shocked to hear the lengths to which… [read post]
4 May 2013, 6:07 am by Michael
MichaelYou will get spousal support Alimony is now also commonly known as “spousal maintenance”. While it has traditionally been paid by the husband to the wife, that is not always the case any longer. You will get spousal support. Truth: Alimony or spousal maintenance isn’t just for women anymore and is an issue to be negotiated in every divorce. Whether you receive or must pay alimony or spousal maintenance will be determined by the court and by whether or not one party… [read post]
24 Apr 2013, 11:36 am by Michael
Michael Divorce requires little or no preparation Too often you hear people talk about divorce after the fact. One day they’re talking about getting a divorce and then it seems like just months later it’s all over and done with. This perception of speed and simplicity created by some divorce situations can lead you to believe this myth.  Divorce requires little or no preparation Truth: Divorce requires a good deal of preparation. When children or substantial assets… [read post]
7 Jul 2010, 5:42 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Today, I am a Rhode Island lawyer focusing my practice on divorce and divorce coaching. Looking back decades ago I remember another lawyer who had been practicing in another state for some 40+ years who said something that perplexed me. * * * Remembering the Lawyer who Hated Lawyers! * * * The lawyer was about as true, honorable, and generous a gentleman as I have ever met. He had all the qualities I envisioned a good lawyer would have. He truly cared about each of his clients. He fought for each… [read post]
11 May 2013, 5:32 am by Michael
MichaelWe will split everything fifty fifty It’s important to understand that you cannot casually assume that all the property will divided equally between you and your spouse. We will split everything fifty fifty While it is true that property must be divided, not all property will necessarily be divided equally among you and your spouse. First of all, you may not have a right to all property. If you or your spouse owned property previous to your marriage, you or your spouse may be able… [read post]
11 May 2013, 5:25 am by Michael
MichaelChild Support Will Cover Your Expenses In every case that involves the custody of children, determining child support will be a point of negotiation. However, you must keep this myth in mind: Child Support will cover your expenses. Truth: Child support calculations are based on specific criteria relating to the parents’ income and how many children are in the home. The court will not take into account the parents’ living expenses in setting how much child support will be paid or… [read post]
29 Apr 2013, 2:15 am by Michael
Michael You Will Get The Children If you and your spouse have children, your decisions about child custody and parenting time will be among the most important decisions you will have to make. If you think developing a parenting plan is a simple matter, guess again. Truth: Decisions about custody range far beyond answering the simple question, “Who gets the kids?” Several perspectives must be considered before the judge will make a final decision in the matter. Depending on your… [read post]
18 Apr 2013, 6:51 pm by Michael
MichaelDivorce is Never Easy Not everything you’ve heard about preparing for a divorce is true. In fact, there are a number of myths floating around. Everyone seems to want to tell you how to do it because that’s what worked for them. But if you buy into these myths, you may never take the right steps to get yourself out of a difficult situation – one that may seem to be getting worse.  Your deteriorating marriage is likely taking a toll on you: You may feel embarrassed… [read post]
19 Apr 2012, 5:24 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
When I started the development of the RI Divorce Coaching program other attorneys said it wouldn't work. No one was behind me except my wife. Primarily, attorney colleagues consistently told me they would not participate in the program because they wouldn't make enough money promoting the program. Secondarily, my fellow Rhode Island attorneys said it would not be effective because people in Rhode Island would not be receptive to the fact they they could actually understand the process and take… [read post]
31 Oct 2010, 2:53 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Rhode Island Divorce Coaching these days reveals many of the things that people want to know about as I sit down and meet with more people to be coached for their divorce proceedings. For instance, "What kind of things have to be "on the record" and in the Judge's Order about the divorce?" It's easy to get confused in a divorce when you've already gone to the trouble of putting together a Marital Settlement Agreement that contains literally "everything" you and your spouse have agreed upon to… [read post]
6 Nov 2010, 6:08 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
Yes, amicable, simple and affordable Rhode Island Divorces are possible without lawyers. It's true. Now when I mean that these kinds of Rhode Island Divorces are possible without the involvement of lawyers I am talking about without a lawyer representing the parties in the courtroom. Now, I will admit that I probably sit with the minority of Rhode Island lawyers here when I take this position. Heck, I may even be willing to agree that most other lawyers would not agree with me on this statement at… [read post]
15 May 2013, 8:09 pm by Michael
MichaelMy spouse will be honest about our assets Even if you’ve decided to settle the terms of your divorce with regard to division of property, you should still consider the possibility the assets listed may not be all of the assets at stake. Don’t fall prey to this myth… My spouse will be honest about our assets. When one spouse knows they will be filing for divorce, they often begin hiding away assets in accounts of their own. They do this far in advance of filing for divorce… [read post]
30 Jul 2013, 5:07 pm by Christopher Pearsall
UnCover for Yourself What is the True Magic that will make your divorce work for you! Hint! It isn't David Copperfield! [read post]
20 Nov 2011, 2:43 pm by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
More people are filing and undertaking their own uncontested divorces in Rhode Island. Last week two lawyers mentioned to me how shocked they were with all the people representing themselves in family court. One Rhode Island lawyer who practices a substantial amount of divorce commented that, "They [People who represent themselves] are going to bog down the court calendar so badly that eventually lawyers aren't going to be given preference anymore on the court calendar and we are going to have to… [read post]
23 Dec 2011, 5:58 am by Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall
If a Rhode Island divorce is in your future, wouldn't you rather be an economical one? Of course, it only makes common sense. Why not do it yourself? Don't think you can? Hogwash! It's possible. Is it possible in EVERY case? No, it isn't. Some divorces require a divorce lawyer's expertise and representation. This could be for any number of reasons. It could relate to issues regarding the children, the assets, the debts or perhaps the attitudes of the parties. Yet wouldn't it make sense to know if… [read post]