Rhode Island Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Rhode Island the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Family Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The amount and duration of alimony will be determined by the court by examining the following economic factors: (1) The duration of the marriage; (2) Any marital misconduct; (3) The health condition, age, station, occupation, amount and source of income, job skills, and employability of the parties; and (4) The state and the liabilities and needs of each of the parties. (5) Whether or not a party is capable of being self-supporting; (6) 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; (7) The time and expense required for the supported spouse to acquire the appropriate education or training to develop marketable skills and find appropriate employment; (8) The probability, given a party’s age and skills, of completing education or training and becoming self-supporting; (9) The standard of living while married; (10) The opportunity of either party for future acquisition of capital assets and income; (11) 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; (12) Any other factor which the court expressly finds to be just and proper. (General Laws of Rhode Island - Title 15 , Chapter 15-5-16)

You can also read more about Rhode Island spousal support in the Rhode Island state statutes located at: