Rhode Island Online Divorce
How to File Your Own Divorce in Rhode Island
Outlined below is some background information you should know about filing for a divorce in Rhode Island. Once you become acquainted with this information, you can take our quiz to see if you qualify for the Rhode Island online divorce.

Using our online divorce is a quick and easy way to get all the completed documents you need in order to file for your own, uncontested divorce, while avoiding having to pay exorbitant attorney fees.

Residency Requirements

Every state has a set of residency requirements that must be met by the filing spouse in order for the court to have jurisdiction over the divorce proceedings. If you don't meet the residency requirements of the state you're trying to file in, the case may get dismissed by the court. The residency requirements in Rhode Island are as follows:

  • The plaintiff must have been a domiciled inhabitant of this state and has resided in this state for a period of one year immediately before the filing of the complaint
  • The divorce will be filed in the county in which the plaintiff resides or in the county in which the defendant resides if he or she meets the 1 years residency requirement

  • (General Laws of Rhode Island - Title 15 , Chapter 15-5-12)

Grounds for Divorce

There are also grounds each state will allow you to file under when filing for a divorce. The ground for divorce is the reason that you and your spouse are filing for a divorce. The following are the grounds for divorce in Rhode Island:

  • No Fault:
    • Irreconcilable differences which have caused the breakdown of the marriage
    • Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 3 years
  • Fault:
    • Impotency
    • Adultery
    • Extreme cruelty
    • Willful desertion for five years
    • Continued drunkenness
    • The habitual, excessive, and intemperate use of opium, morphine, or chloral
    • Neglect and refusal
    • Any other gross misbehavior and wickedness

    (General Laws of Rhode Island - Title 15 , Chapters 15-5-2 15-5-3, 15-5-3.1 1505-5)

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