Bifurcation of divorce allows spouses to become legally divorced before the divorce details have been finalized.
The option to remarry is the most common use of bifurcation; however, some couples seek a bifurcation to distinguish between marriage or pre-marriage property.
Rhode Island does not permit bifurcation. The court will not handle the end of the marriage separately from the other divorce matters in order to permit the parties to remarry while providing additional time to resolve the remaining issues. This means all issues such as child custody, visitation, support, distribution of property, and attorney fees must be resolved completely prior to reaching a divorce agreement.
Feel free to consult with our office before taking any action, as there are certain restrictions in place that can affect the process in various ways.
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Warwick, RI 02888