In addition to assigning support payments, the judge must also assign debt obligations. For instance, if one spouse earns far less income than the other, they may be awarded more in assets and very little in terms of debt.
Reasons for Separation
Among the grounds for divorce in Rhode Island are adultery, abuse, neglect, desertion, cruelty, living separately, and irreconcilable differences. If it appears that one spouse was more at fault than the other for their separation, the victimized spouse could easily receive more in the way of spousal support.
Custody of Children
In Rhode Island, children’s needs weigh heavily in any family law matter. If you and your ex have a child or children, the judge will take steps to ensure that their needs are met financially and otherwise. That includes making adjustments to a spousal support arrangement in order to secure a stable environment for them.
Age and Physical Health of Each Spouse
Many (if not most) spousal support arrangements are based on what we call a “rehabilitative support” system. This means that one spouse receives support for a set amount of time in order to help him or her reach of level of self-sufficiency. In other scenarios, one spouse may be elderly, disabled, or seriously ill. Under those circumstances, that spouse may be granted lifetime spousal support.