David Slepkow is a top Rhode Island divorce lawyer. RI Divorce Attorney, David Slepkow was recently voted a best three lawyer in Rhode Island by the Providence Journal Reader’s Choice Award Poll. Read David’s many 5 star reviews here. David has a superb rating with AVVO.
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Attorney David Slepkow is a member of the bar in both Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (MA). 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. He is currently honored to be a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar. David Slepkow is an experienced Rhode Island divorce lawyer, with over 25 years experience in Providence Family Court. David won an important precedent setting divorce case at the Rhode Island Supreme Court in a 5-0 unanimous decision in favor of his client. David Slepkow has substantial experience representing clients in family law matters. David Slepkow concentrates in:
- child custody law,
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- post divorce motions,
- child support,
- restraining orders,
- relocation out of state,
- Supreme Court appeals
- out of state family law issues
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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 Rogers 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.
In practice since 1997, David prides himself on being able to adapt to a particular client’s desires
David Slepkow 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.
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For a list of All Divorce Law Articles by David Slepkow, please visit: Divorce Lawyer Articles 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. David Slepkow has set forth answers to Pertinent Child Support Law Issues at: Rhode Island Child Support Law Articles.
Rhode Island divorce lawyer 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 divorce Lawyer David Slepkow has written over 50 RI law Articles pertaining to divorce, family law, child custody, child support, criminal law, expungement and Personal Injury Law. To find these articles please visit: Rhode Island law articles Attorney David Slepkow can be reached at (401) 437-1100 for a Free Initial Consultation
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 (motions to modify or terminate)
- property settlement agreements (enforcement and interpretation)
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- divorce, child custody and family law mediation
- visitation disputes and motions to modify parenting time
- interstate child support, visitation, divorce and child custody law matters
- child custody law in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
- alimony / spousal support in Rhode Island
- restraining orders (ro) / domestic violence (dv) /no contact orders (nco)
- criminal matters relating to family law. domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct
- out of state relocation
- father’s rights, parental alienation
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- out of state child support and family law issues
- paternity. establishing and denying paternity
- grandparents visitation rights, sibling visitation
- enforcement of final judgment and court orders /contempt motions
- real estate issues concerning divorce and family law
- equitable division of assets, debt, retirement accounts and pensions in a divorce
- drafting and negotiating prenuptial agreements and property settlement agreements
- motions to terminate, modify or increase child support
- dcyf matters (Department Children Youth and Families litigation)
- Camp Lejeune toxic water lawsuit
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, Smithfield, Scituate., Central Falls, 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.
- WE can assist you in your real estate, business and corporate law, probate law legal needs.
What are the residency requirements to get a divorce in Rhode Island?
§ 15-5-12 Domicile and residence requirements. (a) No complaint for divorce from the bond of marriage shall be granted unless the plaintiff has been a domiciled inhabitant of this state and has resided in this state for a period of one year next before the filing of the complaint; provided, that if the defendant has been a domiciled inhabitant of this state and has resided in this state for the period of one year next before the filing of the complaint, and is actually served with process, the requirement of this subsection as to domicile and residence on the part of the plaintiff is deemed satisfied and fulfilled. The residence and domicile of any person immediately prior to the commencement of his or her active service as a member of the armed forces or of the merchant marine of the United States, or immediately prior to his or her absence from the state in the performance of services in connection with military operations as defined in subsection (c) of this section, shall, for the purposes of this section, continue to be his or her residence and domicile during the time of his or her service and for a period of thirty (30) days after this. Testimony to prove domicile and residence may be received through the ex-parte affidavit of one witness.
(b) Every word importing the masculine gender only shall be construed in this section to extend to and include females as well as males.
(c) The term “services in connection with military operations” shall be construed in this section to include persons serving with the American Red Cross, the Society of Friends, the Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots, and the United Service Organizations. http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/title15/15-5/15-5-12.HTM
- “Number of marriages: 2,140, 272 (49 reporting States and D.C)
- Marriage rate: 6.9 per 1,000 total population (49 reporting States and D.C)
- Number of divorces: 813,862 (45 reporting States and D.C.)
- Divorce rate: 3.2 per 1,000 population (45 reporting States and D.C.)” https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/marriage-divorce.htm
Can I change my name in a divorce?
§ 15-5-17 Change of name “Any woman, to whom a divorce from the bond of marriage is decreed, shall, upon request, be authorized by the decree to change her name, notwithstanding that there may be children born of the marriage, and subject to the same rights and liabilities as if her name had not been changed. This statute is in addition to, and not in abrogation of, the common law.” TITLE 15 Domestic Relations CHAPTER 15-5 Divorce and Separation SECTION 15-5-17
Is a court appearance required in a Rhode Island divorce?
“No divorce from the bond of marriage shall be granted solely upon default nor solely upon admissions by the pleadings, except upon trial before the court in open session; nor shall the divorce be granted where the court is satisfied that there has been any collusion or corrupt conduct by the parties, or either of them, in regard to the proceedings to obtain the divorce.” § 15-5-22 Trial required – Collusion.
Who pays the marital debts and credit cards in a divorce in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island has no statute directly pertaining to the division of debt and credit cards in a divorce.
Divorce lawyers in Rhode Island
Divorce is a common occurrence in society today. Look to the four people around you. There is a decent chance that two of those people will go through a divorce at some point in time. According to the American Psychological Association, around half of marriages in the United States end in divorce, even though a bad economy can encourage people to stay hitched for financial reasons. People going through divorce should look to good lawyers to help them through a divorce. If you’re feeling lost in the process, then you should know that you’re not alone. Here are some strange reasons why people get divorced:
Dealings with the in-laws
It’s a common gripe in America for people to hate their in-laws. This conflict is dramatized in countless movies and television shows. It’s real, though, as many people just can’t get along with their significant other’s mother and father. Psychology professionals suggest that in some cases, one of the partners can be “enmeshed” with their mother and father. This means that they have a relationship that’s uncomfortably close. When one partner can’t cut the cord with mom and dad, it can lead to divorce and the end of a marriage.
“It’s me or the dogs” and getting divorced in RI
Dog lovers can sometimes take their appreciation very seriously. Many want their dogs to sleep in the bed or enjoy human food. For those who don’t love dogs, living with them can be a challenge. This has led to the breakup of many marriages. Often, partners will give the other an ultimatum about the animals. This can lead to all sorts of tension, with the dog-loving partner feeling de-valued because of the other partner’s demand. This is why marriages between mutual animal lovers tend to work better than marriages because dog lovers and animal haters.
Too much money and divorce
Many people know that marriages can end when there’s not enough money to go around. What about when the relationship has too much money? When people are quite rich, there are more complex discussions on high-level spending and investing. Poorer people don’t have the extra money to pour into a new boat or a second home. While these poor folks have their own particular problems, they don’t have all the extra buying decisions to make. Some divorce because they just can’t come to an understanding on how to best spend their money. This leads to partners feeling like they’re not valued in the relationship.
“Sixty-six (66) percent of those divorcees who wanted the divorce as much as or more than their spouse listed more than one reason for the divorce, while one in four offered 5 or more reasons. The most-cited reasons for wanting a divorce were:
- Infidelity by either party: 37% (28% spouse’s infidelity)
- Spouse unresponsive to your needs: 32%
- Grew tired of making a poor match work: 30%
- Spouse’s immaturity: 30%
- Emotional Abuse: 29%
- Financial Priorities/Spending Patterns: 24%
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse: 23%”
Divorce in America: Who Wants Out and Why?
Statistics and legal citations
“The estimated number of divorces granted in December 1997 was 104,000 compared with 94,000 divorces granted in December a year earlier. The divorce rate per 1,000 population for December increased from 4.2 in 1996 to 4.5 in 1997. The cumulative number of divorces granted in 1997 was 1,163,000, 1 percent more than the number for 1996 (1,150,000). The divorce rate per 1,000 population for 1997 was the same as the rate for 1996 (4.3), the lowest divorce rate in over two decades (3). The divorce rate per 1,000 married women 15 years of age and over was 19.8 in 1997, 2 percent higher than the rate for 1996, (19.5)” Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths for 1997 Provisional Data From the CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION/National Center for Health Statistics Vol. 46, No. 12 + July 28, 1998