Senate Bill #2693 (2018)

AN ACT RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION

Eliminates the waiting period for the granting of a complaint/divorce/separation following the filing of the complaint would shorten the waiting period for the filing of a final judgment for divorce following the hearing at which the divorce is granted.

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  • 2018 – S 2693
  • 2018 – S 2693 AS AMENDED
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  • S TATE OF RHODE IS L AND
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
  • Introduced By: Senator Erin Lynch Prata
  • Date Introduced: March 20, 2018
  • Referred To: Senate Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the GeneralAssembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Sections 15-5-14 and 15-5-23 of the GeneralLaws in Chapter 15-5 entitled "Divorce and Separation" are hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 15-5-14. Returndayof petitions – Notice – Issuance of process – Time of hearing. Return day of complaints – Notice – Issuance of process – Time of hearing.
  • (a) The court may, by generalrule,:
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 15-5-14 of the General Laws in Chapter 15-5 entitled "Divorce and Separation" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 15-5-14. Return day of petitions – Notice – Issuance of process – Time of hearing. Return day of complaints – Notice – Issuance of process – Time of hearing.
  • (a) The court may, by general rule,:
  • (1) Determine determine the return day of petitions complaints for divorce; and
  • (2) Prescribe prescribe the notice to be given, within or without the state, on all petitions complaints for divorce, and;
  • (3) May may issue any process that may be necessary to carry into effect all powers conferred upon it the court in relation to the petitions complaints and divorce; and,
  • (4) the court may also, by general rule, fix Fix the times, during its session, when all petitions complaints for divorce shall be heard, as they may be filed in Providence, Newport, East Greenwich, or South Kingstown, respectively. These general rules shall, be subject to special orders which the court may make in special cases. Until general rules are made, specialorder in each case shall be made.
  • (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, no petition for divorce or separation shall be in order for hearing untilafter the expiration of sixty (60) days after the filing of the petition, unless sooner ordered, ex parte, by a justice of the family court. During this period the family counseling service may investigate the circumstances at the discretion of the court, or at the request of either party, counsel the parties, and make recommendations to the court and the parties.
  • 15-5-23. Final judgment – Remarriage.
  • (a) No judgment for a divorce shall become final and operative until three (3) months after the trial and decision. Final decree judgment from the bond of marriage may be entered ex parte and in chambers on the suggestion of the prevailing party at any time within one hundred eighty (180) days next after the expiration of three (3) months twenty (20) days from the date of decision entry of the decision pending entry of final judgment. After the expiration of the one hundred eighty (180) days, final decrees judgment may be entered only in open court and on motion or upon written consent of the attorneys or parties. Notice of the filing of the motion shall not be required in cases in which the original complaint is unanswered.
  • (b) After entry of the final judgment for a divorce from the bond of marriage, either party may marry again.
  • SECTION 2. This act shalltake effect upon passage.
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  • (4) the court may also, by general rule, fix Fix the times, during its session, when all petitions complaints for divorce shall be heard, as they may be filed in Providence, Newport, East Greenwich, or South Kingstown, respectively. These general rules shall, be subject to special orders which the court may make in special cases. Until general rules are made, special order in each case shall be made.
  • (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, no petition for divorce or separation shall be in order for hearing until after the expiration of sixty (60) days after the filing of the petition, unless sooner ordered, ex parte, by a justice of the family court. During this period the family counseling service may investigate the circumstances at the discretion of the court, or at the request of either party, counsel the parties, and make recommendations to the court and the parties.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. ======== LC004875 ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
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  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO DOMESTIC RELATIONS - DIVORCE AND SEPARATION
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  • This act would eliminate the sixty (60) day waiting period for the granting of a complaint for divorce or separation following the filing of the complaint, and would shorten the waiting period from three (3) months to twenty (20) days for the filing of a final judgment for divorce, following the hearing at which the divorce is granted.
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  • This act would take effect upon passage. ======== LC004875 ========

Votes

NOTE: Electronic voting records are unofficial and may not be accurate. For an official vote tally, check the House or Senate Journal from the day of the vote.

Floor vote for Approval of Amendment

May 15, 2018 at 4:50pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell NV
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan NV
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for Passage as Amended

May 15, 2018 at 4:50pm
Yeas: 35 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 2 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Sen. Algiere Y
Sen. Archambault Y
Sen. Calkin Y
Sen. Cano Y
Sen. Ciccone Y
Sen. Conley Y
Sen. Cote Y
Sen. Coyne Y
Sen. Crowley Y
Sen. DaPonte Y
Sen. DiPalma Y
Sen. Euer Y
Sen. Felag Y
Sen. Fogarty Y
Sen. Gallo Y
Sen. Gee Y
Sen. Goldin Y
Sen. Goodwin Y
Sen. Jabour Y
Sen. Lombardi Y
Sen. Lombardo Y
Sen. Lynch Prata Y
Sen. McCaffrey Y
Sen. Metts Y
Sen. Miller Y
Sen. Morgan Y
Sen. Nesselbush Y
Sen. Paolino Y
Sen. Pearson Y
Sen. Picard Y
Sen. Quezada Y
Sen. Raptakis Y
Sen. Ruggerio Y
Sen. Satchell NV
Sen. Seveney Y
Sen. Sheehan NV
Sen. Sosnowski Y

Floor vote for PASSAGE AS AMENDED IN CONCURRENCE

June 20, 2018 at 8:34pm
Yeas: 72 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 3 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros NV
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale Y
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha NV
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi Y
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn Y
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard Y
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan Y
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez NV
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi Y
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts Y
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y