5 Things You Need to Know About Divorce in RI

Each state in the United States has their own Family Court Law and Divorce process. While some of the procedures may carry-over from state to state, it is always in your best interest to discover the basics of what your state will require from you prior to making the decision to move ahead with your divorce.

1. RI has a residency requirement. – This means that either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least one next prior to the filing of your divorce petition. You needn’t both live in the state for that minimum, only one of you.

2. RI has a waiting period. – This means that you must wait at least 60 days after you file your divorce petition to get a hearing on your case. There may be a requirement that you undergo counseling during this time, and all parents of minor children in RI are required to attend a seminar on parenting through and after the divorce.

3. RI has ‘grounds for divorce’. – This means that you may choose from several different grounds for your divorce, according to what fits your unique situation. Only an experienced Family Law attorney can give you the proper advice and guidance in this area as the grounds range from cruelty and adultery, to simple irreconcilable differences and ‘separate and apart’ status.

4. RI has a procedure for the ‘division of property’. – This means that the court will consider and evaluate various criteria in their decision regarding division of the marital property. You will be asked to arrive at a decision on your own, however, if you are unable to do so, the court will decide the matter for you. If you have property division concerns, Bethany Macktaz can answer your specific questions.

5. RI does not require mediation before granting your divorce. – This means that although the court would like you to reach an agreement before your divorce hearing, you will not be required to undergo formal mediation before your divorce is granted. If you and your spouse find however, that you cannot agree over things like custody and child support issues, the court will order you to enter into the mediation process. At this stage they may postpone the resolution of your case until your have reached an agreement, handle the portions that are settled separately, or settle your case and order mediation for any remaining disagreements after the fact.

If you need assistance with a Family Court matter, divorce, child support, custody or other issue, contact Bethany Macktaz now at (401)  490-0717, by email at Bethany@MacktazLaw.com, or use the contact form on her website for more information.

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RI Lawyer Delivers Results for Clients

If you need assistance with a Criminal Defense matter, Personal Injury case, or RI Family Court issue, contact Bethany Macktaz at (401) 490-0717, or by email at Bethany@MacktazLaw.com

“Bethany Macktaz  ~ an amazing attorney,  whose commitment to delivering quality work is unprecedented. She is impeccably detailed, consistent, thorough, and passionate in every aspect of her work. Bethany  will work tirelessly to drive perfection, keeping a laser focus on achieving quality results and the best possible outcome.

Bethany Macktaz is truly a remarkable individual.  She’s an outstanding and knowledgeable lawyer, always caring and compassionate with her clients. I’ve had the good fortune to have had Bethany’s representation, and would recommend and endorse her expertise highly.” – Jean S.

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Testimonial for RI Attorney

If you need assistance with a Family Court, Personal Injury, or Criminal Defense matter in RI, contact Bethany Macktaz now at (401) 490-0717, or by email at Bethany@MacktazLaw.com

“I have worked with Bethany Macktaz for many years during her tenure with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General.   Bethany is without a doubt the most talented prosecutor I have ever worked with.  Her attention to detail, ethical standard, compassion for the victims and her courtroom presentation are second to none.  Bethany prosecuted many difficult high profile cases during her career with the Attorney General.  In some incidents these cases were marked with great personal loss for the victims.  Bethany never lost sight of the fact that she was the advocate and voice for these individuals, making sure that justice was served with a satisfactory conclusion.”

Sergeant Patrick McNulty

Providence Police Department

Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau

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RI Divorce Lawyer Testimonial

If you need help with a family court or divorce issue, contact Bethany Macktaz at (401) 490-0717, or by email at Bethany@MacktazLaw.com. And of course, if you have been a victim of any kind of domestic violence, contact your local police department immediately for assistance.


“Bethany Macktaz is a true professional in every sense of the word, and, at the same time is a person of unquestioned integrity.  She has an extraordinary knowledge of the law and uses that knowledge to relentlessly seek justice for victims of horrific crimes.  As a domestic violence victim, with a former husband desiring to put a ‘bullet between my eyes’. I am thoroughly convinced without the prodigious effort of Bethany, I  may very well not be alive today.  At the same time Bethany works tirelessly, she also displays tremendous compassion, caring, hand-holding, and attention to whomever she is helping.  Bethany should be proud of the positive impact she has had on so many, and no one could have a more qualified professional in his/her corner than Bethany Macktaz.”

– Jane G.

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Former Assistant Attorney General Announces Opening of New Law Office in RI

Former Assistant Attorney General Bethany Macktaz now holds a private practice, Macktaz Law Inc., located in Providence, and concentrates in  Family Law  areas including Divorce, Alimony, Property Division, Child Support and Custody, Modifications, Mediation, Pension Rights, Separation, Enforcement and Modification, and others.

Ms. Macktaz graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 1994 and immediately began her legal career as a Law Clerk with the Rhode Island Supreme Court. From 1996 to 2011 she made the  Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General her home serving on units including the Grand Jury, District Court Unit as Chief, and the Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit, and finally as Assistant Attorney General.

Learn more about Attorney Bethany Macktaz at http://www.MacktazLaw.com

Contact Info:
Bethany Macktaz
127 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI  02903
(401) 490-0717 Phone
(401)  223-4829 Fax

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