Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 5
Divorce and Separation

R.I. Gen. Laws 15-5-16.7



 15-5-16.7.  Review of child support orders.


(a) For purposes of this section, a "child support order" means a child support order enforceable pursuant to the Rhode Island state plan for support enforcement as further defined in 15-16-5(a).

(b) Every three (3) years from the date the child support order was established or modified, and upon the request of either party, or upon the request of the state pursuant to 15-5-16.2(c)(3), the court shall review and, if appropriate, adjust the order in accordance with the child support guidelines if the amount of the child support award under the order differs from the amount that would be awarded in accordance with the guidelines. The adjustment of the order shall be made under this subsection without a requirement for proof or showing of a change in circumstances. In adjusting the order, incarceration may not be treated as voluntary unemployment that would prevent the motion from being heard or result in a denial of the motion. The periodic review of child support orders as provided in this subsection is in addition to the opportunity for review provided in 15-5-16.2(c).

(c) In the case of a request for a review before the three-year (3) period, upon the request of either party, or upon the request of the state pursuant to 15-5-16.2(c)(3), the amount of support may, in the court's discretion, be modified if the court finds that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred in accordance with 15-5-16.2. The court, in its discretion, may modify a child support order retroactively only to the date that notice of a petition to modify was given to the adverse party if the court finds that a substantial change in circumstances has occurred; provided, that the court shall set forth in its decision the specific findings of fact that show a substantial change in circumstances and upon which findings of facts the court has decided to make the decree retroactive.

History of Section.
P.L. 1992, ch. 177, 2; P.L. 1992, ch. 263, 2; P.L. 1997, ch. 170, 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 166, 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 311, 1.