Legal dissolution of a marriage is known as divorce. A person needs a very good and affordable lawyer to give guidance through this difficult and painful experience. A typical divorce comes with a package of legal technicalities that extremely difficult to handle without professional help. Divorce Lawyers offer solutions to problems involved in a divorce and provide legal advice. It is important to not consult the same lawyer retained by a spouse. It is very important to find an expert lawyer who specializes in family law. An individual may ask friends or family for references, or go to the Internet for lawyers in the area. After selecting a lawyer, an interview should be arranged r to get answers to all questions.
It is recommended that a person make a list of questions for the lawyer to avoid making the wrong choice. The first question should be how much experience the lawyer has. It is important to know how many similar cases the lawyer has handled. Ideally, a lawyer must have at least 10 years of experience in the field of family law. It is critical to ask for references, the minute details involved in a divorce case and the procedure of obtaining divorce. A person must also find out the period of time required to get a divorce. It is vital to know if the lawyer schedules appointments to discuss the case from time to time. It is essential to inquire about the various fees involved and the hourly rates for the service provided by the lawyer and his team of legal assistants. The person must ask for a written retainer agreement that states everything the divorce lawyer has agreed to do for you and his respective fees.
Persons seeking a divorce must meet more than one lawyer and make a choice. They must not hesitate to ask questions as the decision on which lawyer to retain, may influence the course of the divorce proceedings.
Anyone wishing to file for divorce in the State of Rhode Island must fill out a financial form known as the "Statements of Assets and Liabilities" otherwise known as the DR-6 Form.
Quite some time ago I wrote about this form to assist people in understanding it, because it was less than clear what the form was intended for, what it was actually used for, and to try to eliminate to at least a small degree some of the mystery surrounding the confusing Rhode Island DR-6 form.
In October of 2011, Rhode Island's DR-6 Statement of Assets and Liabilities form was completely overhauled and a new DR-6 form is now required. The previous DR-6 form consisted of the front and back side of a single page. The new and improved DR-6 form is now nine (9) pages long and has been created in the form of an Excel spreadsheet which is available for download from the Rhode Island Family Court's website.
The new DR-6 is substantially more extensive and requests more specific information about virtually every form of asset, debt, income, expense and investment.
Whether Rhode Island's new Statement of Assets and Liabilities is actually an improvement is an issue that remains up for debate. However, in the very least the form requires a substantial amount of disclosure from all plaintiffs and to the extent the DR-6 filing is enforced by the court, a subsequent disclosure to the same extent by a defendant.
As with its predecessor form, there are no specific instructions for the completion of the Rhode Island Family Court's new DR-6 form. Though the detailed nature of the form might suggest that it is no longer confusing. You might change your mind though once you try to fill one out on your own.
The confusion lies in the fact that it is entirely possible for an item of income to also just as easily fit into a subcategory of asset. The same concept applies to a debt item which might also fit into a category or subcategory of liabilities. Common sense would seem to indicate that inclusion of the same item in both the debt section and the liability section would create a double entry and that the form's creators would have no reason to create a form which duplicates information.
The conclusion that can be drawn from this is that the form's creators only intended you to include any item which might fall under both areas into one of the areas.
So what is the confusion, right? Which area should it be included in? Should you include the item in the first section that seems appropriate and leave it out from the second section that applies? Or should you do it in the reverse order and wait until you come to see if you come to a second section that might apply and place it there?
One would think that there would be appropriate direction for this question. I tried to use common sense and my analytical mind to determine the best category and/or section that should be selected when working with various debt items. I found that even if I wanted to discern the best category and/or section to put an item in, I found that numerous items applied equally well to two categories and/or sections on the DR-6 form. I found, in the course of analyzing the form with actual information New Haven Divorce Lawyer that there were even three semi-common items in many divorce financial structures that might fit equally well into three (3) sections of the DR-6 form.
So I made inquiry to one member of the committee that created the form about this problem. I was told to just put it in one of the spots. So I inquired further as to whether instructions were going to be created for Rhode Island's new DR-6 Statement of Assets and Liabilities Form. Unfortunately, no instructions are anticipated for the form to assist either attorneys or the general public.
Regrettably, this article may raise more questions than it actually answers. Yet, if anything, it will confirm for you that you are not the only one with concerns about this form and the confusion it creates for attorneys and the general public as well.
If you look closely at the form, there is one thing I am thankful I can clear up for you. If the intention of the form is to provide calculations for the parties and the Rhode Island Family Court that are reliable, then you cannot merely put an item in one category or section of the form and leave it at that. The fact is that the form makes numerous calculations when used in its original Excel format.
If an item is not included in the category or section that the form creators "intended" on this new DR-6 form, then the resulting calculations performed by the DR-6 spreadsheet will be incorrect. One number might be overly inflated while another might be understated.
It would only take two or three items placed in an "unintended" category or section to substantially throw off the resulting calculations in the spreadsheet. Depending upon how the parties and/or the family court judge relies upon or interprets the DR-6 calculations, this confusion created by the new DR-6 form could prevent settlement between the parties or mislead the court unintentionally into believing the finances of one party are different then they actually are.
Rhode Island's new and improved DR-6 Statement of Assets and Liabilities is more detailed and extensive than ever and has positive possibilities toward resolving family law cases, yet without instructions for this new form, the confusion nevertheless remains.