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)
While divorce may be common, when you go through it yourself, you still deserve dedicated, personal focus on your rights and unique situation. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you figure out the best way forward, explain the law, and represent you in court if it is ever necessary. Take the first step now and contact a local divorce attorney to discuss your divorce.