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When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, alimony is designed to provide support for a spouse for a reasonable length of time to enable the recipient to become financially independent and self-sufficient. However, the court may award alimony for an indefinite period of time when it is appropriate in the discretion of the court. The factors to be considered in making an alimony award include: The length of the marriage; The conduct of the parties during the marriage; The health, age, station, occupation, amount and source of income, vocational skills, and employability of the parties; The liabilities and needs of each of the parties; The extent to which either party is unable to support herself or himself adequately because that party is the primary physical custodian of a child whose age, condition, or circumstances make it appropriate that the parent not seek employment outside the home, or seek only part-time or flexible-hour employment outside the home; The extent to which either party is unable to support herself or himself adequately with consideration given to: the extent to which a party was absent from employment while fulfilling homemaking responsibilities, and the extent to which any education, skills, or experience of that party have become outmoded and his or her earning capacity diminished; The time and expense required for the supported spouse to acquire the appropriate education or training to develop marketable skills and find appropriate employment; The probability, given a party's age and skills, of completing education or training and becoming self-supporting; The standard of living during the marriage; The opportunity of either party for future acquisition of capital assets and income; The ability to pay of the supporting spouse, taking into account the supporting spouse's earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, debts, and standard of living; and any other factor which the court expressly finds to be just and proper. (Rhode Island Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations, Chapter 15-5 Divorce and Separation, Section 16)

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