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February 2012

RI Divorce Risks - A Mistake You Could Make without a RI Divorce Lawyer!

In a Rhode Island Divorce you could represent yourself.  In fact, many people are representing themselves these days.  This is called being "Pro Se."  

Unfortunately it's easy to make a mistake in your Rhode Island divorce without a lawyer advising you about the pros and cons of what you are doing.  Words are everything in the legal profession.  I once heard former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Joseph Weisberger wisely say "A good lawyer must become a master at wording because every word counts."

Take the example of Natalie and Jason.

Natalie and Jason didn't want to spend money on hiring even a single lawyer and neither one of them wanted to get legal advice or coaching for their divorce.  They both decided to simple use the forms and examples the court provided and watch a few uncontested divorces and they would just repeat what the other people had said.

Natalie and Jason got lucky they even made it through their divorce proceeding.  The judge felt bad for them and helped them get through the hearing.  However, the judge did not give them legal advice or the consequences of what they were agreeing to and asking the court to order.  This makes complete sense since the judge is the decision maker and not the advocate for either party in the divorce.

Jason asked that Natalie be kept on his health insurance pursuant to "the Rhode Island Act" because all the people and attorneys he had seen before him had asked for exactly the same thing.  Jason figured it must be something standard that is included in every Rhode Island divorce.  Jason said nothing else about health insurance.

Jason later demanded that Natalie give him her share of the cost for her part of the insurance.  Natalie refused.  Jason filed a Motion to Adjudge Natalie in Contempt.  

On Jason's hearing date the judge gave Jason the chance to prove Natalie had violated the judge's order in the divorce since she had not paid Jason for her part of the insurance which amounted to $623.52 per month.  

Jason pointed to the line in their Final Judgment of Divorce which stated that Natalie would remain on his health insurance pursuant to "the Rhode Island Act."  The judge asked Jason where it said in the Final Judgment or "the Rhode Island Act" that Natalie had to pay the difference.  Jason had nothing to point to because there was no language that said Natalie had to pay the difference.

The end result?  Jason was ordered to keep Natalie on his health insurance and to continue to pay the entire premium.

Sadly, Jason had the opportunity to get Rhode Island divorce coaching for only $145.00 and he could have saved himself $7,482.24 in just the first year Natalie remained on his health insurance.

It's too easy to make a mistake when you represent yourself.  Do yourself a favor!  Don't victimize yourself simply because you refuse to get help.  I've made help affordable for most people and you can receive answers to quite a few questions in a 1 hour coaching session.

Give me call.  It may be one of the most valuable investments you've ever made.


All My Best to Everyone With a Case Before the Rhode Island Family Courts,

I am Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall and I am "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach."

For Your Affordable Divorce Coaching Session CALL (401) 632-6976 NOW!


RI Uncontested Divorce Representation - An Affordable Uncontested Divorce Offer for February or 15 People!

Rhode Island Uncontested Divorce

Regularly

$2,000 Attorneys' Fee
 + $120 Court Fee + $55 Constable Fee

 

For A Limited Time

Rhode Island Uncontested Divorce**

Only - $1,175 FLAT FEE*

(*Flat Fee Includes Attorney's Payment of $120 Mandatory Family Court Filing Fee and $55 Constable Fee)

This Offer is Good for the First 15 People Only and expires on February 29, 2012

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Only 2 Openings Remaining!

**Rhode Island Uncontested Divorce must be completed by a successful Nominal Divorce Hearing (aka Uncontested Divorce Hearing) on or before the Nominal date provided by the Rhode Island Family Court on the initial Summons issued by the court. 

I very rarely make flat fee offers. This is something very different I am offering regarding uncontested divorces in Rhode Island.  I hope this in some way helps some people experiencing divorce these hard economic times.

 

My Best to All who Appear Before the Rhode Island Family Court,

I am Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall and I am "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach."


Celebrity Divorce News: Kris Humpries and Lawyer Want Divorce Trial Televised

According to newstalk on WPRO 99.7 FM, the Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries divorce has become a bitter fight.  They've learned through TMZ that Kris' lawyer supposedly intends to put reality TV on trial ... but that could blow up in his face.

Unknown sources tell TMZ that ... Kris and his lawyer, Lee Hutton, want to "expose the M.O. of reality TV" by proving Kim had no intention of staying married to him, but just wanted big ratings for her reality show.

Celebrity divorce getty image

Now here's the irony. The duo wants to prove their point by asking the judge to allow TMZ and TV stations to broadcast the trial -- something that the judge might find a tad hypocritical. TMZ broke the story ... Kim filed for divorce on grounds of "irreconcilable differences."  Kris has countered that he wants the marriage annulled based on fraud. Kris has a couple of problems with the fraud claim. First of all, he's the one who proposed. Second, the publicity has made him famous and marketable and he'll make millions more than he would have otherwise. And another big point in Kim's favor ... We've learned the prenup is extremely long and complicated ... accounting for what would happen years into the future. Why would she go through the time and trouble of having a long prenup if she planned on pulling the plug on the marriage within a few months?

Amazing how celebrities seem to add glitz and glamour and to something as difficult and heartwrenching for most people without all the publicity but more heartache than anything.

See the WPRO 630/WPRO 99.7 posting at this controversial divorce link.

Also see the original TMZ Posting for the Kris Humpries Divorce here.

Disclaimer:  This information is presented as a public service and no one associated with RhodeIslandDivorceTips.com claims any right, title or interest in or to this website posting or image or any of the content at the linked sites.  Rather this is merely a reposting of existing material based upon public celebrities in a divorce who may be of interest to others. Information in these articles may or may not be true or correct and Rhode Island Divorce Tips has neither participated in creation of the
information or its investigation.
 


Your Cheating Heart…Could Get Caught Next Week

A local private investigator says that there is a higher chance that an infidelity surveillance assignment will be successful on Feb. 13, 14, or 15 than at any other time of the year.

By Jill Connors at Patch.com
Posted:  February 6, 2012

“It’s just human nature,” says private investigator Ryan P. McCormack, one-half of the Newport-based two-man team at Coastal Investigation Group, in explaining why there is a greater chance of catching an unfaithful person on surveillance during the three-day period from Feb. 13-15 than at any other time of the year.

“Around Valentine’s Day, people naturally want to spend time with someone they are romantically involved with. They let their guard down a little, or maybe one person in the relationship pressures the other one, because it’s Valentine’s Day,” says McCormack, who notes that it’s a well-known phenomenon in the private investigation industry.

“I’d estimate there is a 75% chance of catching someone during those three days, whereas during the rest of the year your chances are less than 50-50,” he says.

McCormack says less than half of Coastal Investigation’s caseload is related to infidelity, and he also says there is misconception about an infidelity surveillance assignment, which people often assume means a physical act needs to be caught on tape. Infidelity surveillance assignments often come from divorce attorneys rather than individuals, and they are looking for patterns of behavior or spending that can be important in a case. “For example, if [the unfaithful spouse] is going out and spending $200 on dinner with someone once a week, but then in court they claim they have no money, then that’s when the video footage can be important.”

 Read the Full Article at Patch.com

Disclaimer:  This article is the property of Patch. Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall, The Rhode Island Divorce and Coaching Institute and RhodeIslandDivorceTips.com do not claim any right, title or interest in this article.


Smitty and Mildred's Uncontested RI Divorce cost Mildred More than $0!

Smitty Jacobowitz convinced his wife Mildred that since they were getting an amicable uncontested divorce that they didn't need to bother with a lawyer and they could save a bundle in divorce lawyer fees.

Mildred went along with it because they didn't have much money.  Mildred and even Smitty were thinking they had nothing to lose except money paid to a lawyer.

They both filled out the paperwork and Smitty filed the Rhode Island divorce paperwork as the plaintiff.  Smitty served his wife properly.  They talked about what they each wanted and agreed what Smitty would ask for from the court.  The only thing Mildred wanted to be sure of was that Smitty made sure she had health insurance because she had a pre-existing condition.  Smitty agreed.

Smitty wanted to get things right so he even took a week off from work just before the hearing date.  Smitty sat in court and watched uncontested Rhode Island divorce hearings over and over again for three (3) days.

Smitty wrote out a script and went through their Nominal Divorce Hearing (aka uncontested divorce hearing) without much difficulty and asked that he be required to keep Mildred on his insurance pursuant to the Rhode Island Health Insurance Continuation Act.  That was the wording used in every single divorce proceeding he watched so he determined that it must be correct.

The judge let a few things slide and Smitty and Mildred made it through their nominal divorce hearing and the divorce was granted.

Smitty figured out how to draft and submit the Interlocutory Decision Pending Entry of Final Judgment after the 2nd rejection by the clerk's office and everything seemed fine.

Smitty and Mildred were pleased.

Smitty prepared and submitted their Final Judgment of Divorce which was entered 3 1/2 months after the hearing date.  

Smitty and Mildred were now happily divorced.  That lasted about 2 weeks.

Two weeks after the Final Judgment entered Mildred received a letter from Smitty's employer telling her that she was being discontinued from Smitty's health insurance plan effective in two weeks.

Mildred called Smitty and asked him what was going on.  He said he'd check on this letter she received.  Smitty found out from his employer that he had no choice. He was told that since Mildred was now his "ex-wife" she was no longer going to be covered under the company's health insurance plan.

Smitty went over to see Mildred at her apartment.  Smitty broke the news to her that he didn't have a choice and he was very sorry.

Mildred was crying because she had a major pre-existing condition and she had already checked on health insurance before their divorce.  Mildred already knew no company would insure her, or if she found one the premium would be so outrageous that she wouldn't be able to survive.  She had counted on Smitty's company health insurance.

Mildred went to see lawyers about what she could do but because she had represented herself and had a chance to get legal advice and assistance before and during the divorce there was very little she could do.  She was stuck.

Mildred demanded that Smitty make this right and provide her the health insurance they had talked about.  Smitty hunted around, but Mildred was right.  No company would insure Mildred except one.  The one company that would offer Mildred health insurance cost would cost Smitty just about 2 paychecks per month.  He couldn't do it and still survive and pay his bills.  He told Mildred it wasn't possible.  

Mildred and Smitty became mortal enemies.  They no longer talked or were friendly with each other.  Mildred looked for state and federal health insurance programs to help her but they just weren't available.

Nine years after the divorce Mildred was barely surviving and paying everything she made to be able to buy and take her medicine half as much as had been required.  Ten years after their divorce Mildred became sick and died.  Smitty was at the funeral and scorned by many of the morners who felt he was to blame.  Smitty quickly left and went back to his car where he spent the rest of the night crying and blaming himself for her death all because he didn't want to pay for the help of a divorce lawyer.

All of this could have been solved if Mildred or even Smitty had sought some  legal advice or coaching about the divorce process and the health insurance issue.  It is entirely possible that this could have been avoided for as little as one coaching session at a cost of $145.00 for a one hour session with me.

Smitty and Mildren saved the money.  Was it worth it?

I hope this helps many people to think twice.  Believe it or not, sometimes we as Rhode Island lawyers actually save lives by what we do.


My Very Best to All Who Go Before the Rhode Island Family Court,

I'm Attorney Christopher A. Pearsall and
I am "The Rhode Island Divorce Coach."

Give me a call to set up your Coaching or Advice Session at (401) 632-6976.