Do not expect to get any sympathy from Rhode Island Family Court Judges about how long the case has gone on and how much the divorce case has cost you. Judges have too many case on their calendar to be worried about life stressors of the litigants.
RI Family Court Judges want cases to settle
The judges want cases to settle so that they can move their calendar. If the judge is trying to get the case resolved, it is not to save the parties money or to help alleviate stress. The Judge wants the case to settle so he or she can focus on the busy calendar. The Judge does not care that you are being put through the ringer by the other attorney. The Judge does not care that the case is Bankrupting you. Why doesn’t the judge care?
The Judge really is not allowed to care.
The Judge’s rule is to decide cases based on equity, law and the facts. The judge’s role in a custody or visitation case is to help protect the best interest of the minor child. It is your attorneys role to help you with the stress and financial aspects of your Rhode Island Divorce, custody or visitation case.
How much will the divorce in RI cost? Attorney fee and retainer
“It is often impossible to determine how much a divorce will cost from beginning to end. However, it is a good idea to get an educated estimation of the eventual fee. This will never usually be more than a estimation because the cost of the divorce usually depends on several factors. Those factors could include how quickly a settlement is reached, the number of motions that each party will file, the amount / nature and complexity of assets to be equitably divided, the amount of documents involved in the case, the animosity of the parties to each other, the waiting time while you are in court and many other potential issues. The Golden Rule is that the longer it takes to reach a settlement the more the divorce will cost because the lawyers will spend a lot more time working on the case. If there is no settlement and the case goes to trial or the day of trial, the divorce could get very expensive. If everything is agreed or nearly agreed to and the parties are relatively amicable then the divorce should take a lot less time and therefore be much less expensive.” http://www.slepkowlaw.com/ri-divorce-law.htm