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Divorce Modification in Rhode Island

Once a divorce is finalized and the Final Judgement is field with the court a litigant can finally relax. However, life is unpredictable and circumstances can, and often do, change over time. In Rhode Island, if an earlier Court order or Judgment no longer suits the parties because there has been a substantial change in circumstance since the order or Judgment was issued, the court may be able “modify” the prior order or judgment.

Cases where a modification might be appropriate include those where income changes for either party dramatically,  the children are significantly older and perhaps even have become emancipated since the time when the last child support order was issued, or where a person ordered to pay alimony has retired and now has a substantially smaller income than at the time he or she was ordered to pay alimony.

Sometimes a party may want to change an Order or Judgment because there is a legitimate need to do so, and it would be unfair not to allow a change. For example, when there is a typographical mistake in the written judgment, or when the opposing party lied about the existence of a significant asset, and the asset was never divided by the court because of this.  [Read more…]