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Rhode Island Child Support Guidelines

Factors Used to Determine Child Support in Rhode Island


A court in Rhode Island uses several criteria to determine an appropriate amount for child support. In Rhode Island, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child reaches age 18. In its discretion, a court may order support for educational expenses while a child attends high school at age 18 or for 90 days beyond high school graduation. However, in no case will support continue beyond age 19. Here is some more information about elements considered in a Rhode Island child support case:

Child Support Factors

A court in Rhode Island will consider the following factors prior to deviating from the normal child support formula:

  • Financial resources of the child
  • Financial resources of the custodial parent and the non-custodial parent
  • Standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the marriage/relationship had continued
  • Child's educational needs
  • Child's physical and emotional condition

Special Circumstances Related to Child Support in Rhode Island

If a child in Rhode Island is disabled, a court in Rhode Island will expect the parent to continue to support the child beyond his/her 18th birthday. The court will consider the following factors:

  • Financial resources of the child
  • Financial resources of the parents
  • Child's ability to earn income
  • Cost of medical expenses
  • Nature and extent of the child's disability
  • Parent's inability to obtain employment due to the extensive needs of the child

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in Rhode Island, speak with a qualified attorney in Rhode Island or refer to the Rhode Island Domestic Relations Statute.

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