What are the Residency and Filing Requirements for Divorce in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, the plaintiff or defendant must be a Rhode Island resident for at least one year prior to filing for divorce. (Rhode Island Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations, Chapter 15-5 Divorce and Separation, Section 12) Generally, the action should be filed in Family Court in the county where the plaintiff resides. However, if the residency requirements are met because of the defendant’s residency in Rhode Island then the action should be filed in the county where the defendant resides. In certain cases, the action may be transferred to Providence County regardless of residency. (Rhode Island Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations, Chapter 15-5 Divorce and Separation, Section 13)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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