RI Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody Attorneys

David Slepkow is an experienced Rhode Island Divorce Attorney, with 18 years experience in Providence Family Court representing clients in family law matters and disputes. He concentrates in RI child Custody, family law,  divorce in RI,  paternity, post divorce motions, child support, visitation, alimony, restraining orders, relocation out of state, and out of state family law issues.

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Rhode Island Child Custody lawyer, David Slepkow is a member of the bar in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. David is honored to have earned a “superb” rating from AVVO (10 out of 10). He was a member of The Federal Court First Circuit District of RI from 1998-2014.

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David is honored to be sworn in as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar.

David has substantial experience representing clients in Family Court appeals before the RI Supreme Court. In the Rhode Island divorce case of Roger v. Rogers, David won a Supreme Court decision in a 5-0 unanimous decision in favor of his client. This case affirmed the right of clients to move out of Rhode Island during the course of their divorce and still obtain a divorce in Rhode Island.

RI Divorce Attorney, David  Slepkow has an informative  and extensive Family Law blog which can be found here: www.rhodeislanddivorcelawyerarticles.com 

In practice since 1997, David prides himself on being able to adapt to a particular client’s desires. He is aware that some clients want to work out an amicable settlement with a spouse while other clients want aggressive legal representation. David can be a firm negotiator, a deal maker or a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients, depending on the client’s desires.

Rhode Island Child Custody Attorney David Slepkow has authored many informative, extensive and in depth Rhode Island Law Articles related to Rhode Island Family Law. For a list of All Divorce Law Articles by David Slepkow, please visit: Rhode Island Divorce Law Articles by a RI Divorce Attorney.

For an extensive list of Family Law Articles by RI Divorce Attorney David Slepkow, please go to the following Law Articles: Rhode Island Family Law Articles. For a complete list of Child Custody Articles please review: Child Custody Law Articles by a RI Child Custody Lawyer. David Slepkow has set forth answers to Pertinent Child Support Law Issues at:  Rhode Island Child Support Law Articles.

A “one-size fits all” strategy will not work in Rhode Island family law or in Providence Family Court. A Rhode Island Family Law Lawyer must be adept at helping clients in both highly contentious litigated matters and amicable out of court settlements. Our firm balances these interests and makes every effort to accommodate out of state clients who are unable to come to Rhode Island for client meetings. Please review the frequently asked questions about Rhode Island Child Support and Post Divorce Do’s and Don’ts prepared by Rhode Island Family Attorney, David Slepkow.

Rhode Island  Lawyer David Slepkow has written over 50 RI law Articles pertaining to Rhode Island Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support, Criminal law, Expungement and Rhode Island Personal Injury Law. To find these articles please visit: Rhode Island Law Articles

This firm provides services in the following areas of family law:

  • RI divorce (non-contested and contested)
  • child support contempt proceedings
  • child support modification and termination
  • property settlement agreements
  • adoptions
  • divorce and family law mediation
  • visitation disputes
  • interstate child support, visitation and custody matters
  • child custody
  • alimony
  • restraining orders/domestic violence/no contact orders
  • criminal matters relating to family law
  • out of state relocation
  • father’s rights
  • out of state child support and family law issues
  • paternity
  • grandparents visitation
  • enforcement of final judgment and court orders/contempt motions
  • real estate issues concerning divorce and family law
  • equitable division of assets
  • drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements and property settlement agreements
  • motions to terminate, modify or increase child support
  • dcyf matters

We provide representation for Family Law clients in all areas of Rhode Island (RI) including: East Providence, Providence, Pawtucket, Johnston, Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Cranston, Warwick, Newport, South Kingstown, North Kingstown, Woonsocket, Cumberland, Johnston, Wakefield, Middletown, Portsmouth etc.
Free initial consultation . Reasonable and affordable rates. Weekend and evening appointments available. All major credit cards accepted. Flat rate nominal non-contested divorces offered. Please email David Slepkow with your family law inquiry. We at Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates also have five other lawyers to assist you in your real estate, business and corporate law, probate law and zoning law legal needs.

Article prepared by Providence Divorce Lawyer, David Slepkow, 1481 Wampanoag Trail, East Providence, RI, 401-437-1100, Contact Attorney David Slepkow.

Divorce and Family Law Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long does it take to get a contested or uncontested divorce in Rhode Island (RI)?
  2. What does no fault divorce mean in Rhode Island?
  3. What is the residency requirement to obtain a divorce in Rhode Island?
  4. Does it make a difference who files the divorce first?
  5. Please explain the law in Rhode Island concerning child support including motions to modify, increase or terminate child support based on a child turning 18 years old and contempt motions for failure to pay child support
  6. How are issues related to child support such as: overtime, college education, daycare, self-employment, unemployment, shared physical placement, joint/sole custody, extracurricular activities of the child, uninsured medical, dental and orthodontist expenses, loss of job (unemployment), new dependants, living expenses, disability (SSI & SSDI), welfare and AFDC, determined in Rhode Island

1) How long does it take to get a divorce in Rhode Island?

If all issues concerning divorce, child support, equitable division of assets, alimony, visitation and other issues are resolved between the parties, the earliest possible date for a nominal divorce (a nominal divorce is a non-contested divorce in which everything is agreed to) is approximately sixty five days after the plaintiff files a complaint for divorce. If the matter is set down as uncontested, then an automatic court date, “the Nominal Divorce Hearing”, will be set by the clerk approximately seventy days after filing.

In the event that one party does not want to go forward on that sixty five day nominal hearing for whatever reason then the case will not go forward on the nominal date and will be set for additional conferences and potentially the discovery process. The case may eventually culminate with a trial on the merits. Contested divorces  matters typically resolve in 6 – 10 months. Some Rhode Island Divorce cases go on longer then a year.

The RI divorce cannot become finalized until, at a minimum, ninety days after the parties attend the nominal court hearing. In the event that the parties do not go to  Providence Family Court and resolve the matter at the  divorce nominal court date, then the divorce could take up to one year or potentially more. Please call David Slepkow at 401-437-1100 for a free initial consult.

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2) What does no fault divorce mean in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island you do not need to prove fault grounds in order to obtain an absolute divorce. All you need to do is prove irreconcilable differences  led to the irremediable breakdown of the marriage in order to get a divorce.  This is what we call a “no fault” divorce in legal parlance. In other words, if either party wants to terminate the marriage, then that party can get a divorce so long as the other jurisdictional requirements in Rhode Island are met.

“No fault divorce” does not mean that fault is not significant in Rhode Island divorces. If a party can prove that the other party is at fault for the break up of the marriage, then they can seek a disproportionate share of the marital assets. Fault can also be a factor to determine whether or not a party is entitled to alimony. The following types of behavior could be grounds to obtain more than fifty percent of the marital assets: alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence, extramarital affairs,  excessive gambling, criminal convictions, abusive behavior, abandonment, etc. Please call Rhode Island divorce Attorney David Slepkow if you have any questions 401-437-1100.

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3) What is the residency requirement to obtain a divorce in Rhode Island?

In order to file for divorce in Rhode Island you need to have been a domiciled inhabitant and resident of  Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for one year prior to your filing of the complaint for divorce. If you have not been a domiciled inhabitant and resident of Rhode Island for one year prior to filing your complaint for divorce, you can file based on your husband’s/wife’s residency in Rhode Island for one year prior to the filing.

There are exceptions for people stationed in the military who maintain a residency in Rhode Island. Even if you move the day after filing, you still meet the residency requirements in Rhode Island. If you do not qualify to file for divorce in RI you should look for lawyers (attorneys) in other states.

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4) Does it make a difference who files the divorce first?

It should make no difference which spouse files the divorce when the court determines equitable division of the assets, child support, visitation, alimony, etc. However, in the event that a no contact order, restraining order or emergency motion is needed or filed, which party files first can be extremely significant. This is especially true if there is an emergency motion concerning child  custody and/or  child visitation concerning a child.

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