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Rhode Island Child Support

If couples can't negotiate a child support agreement, the Rhode Island divorce court will determine child support after couples file divorce. Rhode Island uses the income shares model to calculate child support. The divorce court estimates the amount of the support the child would have received if the couple had stayed together, and then divides the amount proportionally between the parents, according to each person's income.

The Rhode Island divorce court may choose to deviate from the predetermined child support formula, depending on the circumstances of the divorce. Some factors the divorce court may consider include:

  • Child's financial resources
  • Standard of living the child would have enjoyed if there wasn't a divorce
  • Physical and emotional health and educational needs of the child
  • Noncustodial parent's needs
  • Financial resources of the custodial and noncustodial parents

Rhode Island has adopted family court child support guidelines. Under Rhode Island divorce law, child support can continue after the child's 18th birthday but not beyond the child's 19th birthday, unless he or she has a severe physical or mental impairment. The parents may negotiate college child support with the help of local Rhode Island divorce lawyers.

Parents can petition the court to modify child support if the circumstances change that make the current order unjust or unreasonable.

A local Rhode Island divorce lawyer can help you protect your child's financial future. Connect today to get legal advice about how divorce laws and circumstances of your divorce will affect child support. Connect today by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Rhode Island divorce case review form. Find out what you can expect to pay or receive with help from a Rhode Island divorce attorney near you.

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The above synopsis of Rhode Island divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Rhode Island divorce lawyer in your area.

Rhode Island divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.