The State of Rhode Island offers a no-fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences. In addition, Rhode Island offers a number of fault grounds for divorce that include impotency, adultery, extreme cruelty, desertion, drunkenness, drug abuse, neglecting to provide for one's spouse, and gross misbehavior.  If you choose one of the fault grounds you must provide the Court with sufficient proof of the allegation.

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Residency Requirements


In order to file for divorce in Rhode Island one of the spouses must have resided in Rhode Island for at least one (1) year immediately prior to filing for divorce. The couple must also have been separated and lived separate and apart for at least three (3) years. This separation requirement only applies to a no-fault divorce.

Fill Out your Forms

When filing for a divorce you must file certain documents as required by the court. The Complaint form starts the divorce action. It details the couple’s eligibility for divorce in Rhode Island, the reason for divorce, and any other matters you want the court to decide. Unfortunately the State of Rhode Island does not offer the forms required to start a divorce online.

If both parties are in agreement regarding their divorce they should complete a Divorce Settlement Agreement. Use Rocket Lawyer's easy interview process to complete this agreement, which will outline the terms of the division of property, assets and debts in your divorce. Completing this document will help you avoid the cost and time involved in going to trial but is contingent on the parties being in agreement.

Additional Assistance

Unfortunately Rhode Island does not offer the required forms online.  You'll need to contact your local County Clerk’s office and request assistance regarding your divorce.

You can also use Rocket Lawyer to Find a Lawyer near you who can provide you with further assistance in completing your divorce.

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