Rhode Island Grounds for Divorce

Code Section

15-5-1 to 28

Residency
One party resident 1 yr.; if based on defendant’s residency, he must be personally serviced with process.

Waiting Period
Final decree entered anytime within 30 days or 3 months from decision date.

No Fault
Irretrievable breakdown; separation (for at least 3 yrs.).

Defenses
Collusion.

Grounds
Adultery; cruelty or violence; desertion for 5 yrs.; drug/alcohol addiction; impotency; nonsupport; any other gross/repugnant behavior (refusal and neglect).


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