Nearly everything a married couple acquires during the course of a marriage is considered marital property and thus subject to division if the couple gets divorced. Even if each party pays for goods from separate bank accounts, these goods still fall under the category of marital property. Some property -- including inheritances, goods acquired before the marriage (or acquired with money obtained before the marriage), and personal gifts -- are referred to as separate property and not subject to division. States differ on how marital property is divided, ranging from community property to equitable division (the latter considers the means and needs of each party and other, more practical concerns).
Rhode Island Marital Property Laws at a Glance
See the following chart for information about Rhode Island marital property laws (including the factors considered by family courts) and FindLaw's Divorce and Property section for additional articles and helpful resources.
|Community Property Recognized?||No|
|Dower And Curtesy||Dower and curtesy abolished (§33-25-1)|
|Factors Considered by the Court When Dividing Marital Property||
Note: State laws may change at any time with the enactment of newly signed legislation or other means. While we strive to ensure the accuracy of these pages, you may also want to contact a Rhode Island divorce attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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