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The Divorce Lawyers in RI at The Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd. handle cases in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, military family law, legal separations, same-sex agreements and much more. Our office has over 50 years of experience and is leading the field in Mediation as Divorce Lawyers in RI. We deeply care for our clients and want to make sure that they get the best representation possible. Our unique approach allows us to walk you through every step of the process so that you get the best results possible. We understand the importance of aggressive legal strategies balanced with compassion in family law matters. If you are considering a separation contact one of our Divorce Lawyers in RI today for a free consultation.
RI Divorce Attorneys


The Rhode Island Pension and Retirement Law Attorneys at The Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd. are well versed in all areas of Pension Law. Our dedicated team is skilled in many areas including Domestic relations orders, qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO), Military Pension Orders, Federal Employees Retirement System (COAPs)and much more. As the framework of retirement changes so do the legal guidelines associated with retirement and pensions. This can make for some serious issues if you are not familiar with them. Fortunately, our team uses the most up to date technology to ensure we are familiar with the ever developing world of pension law. We are available for free consultations to discuss any of your pension law questions at 401-841-5700.
RI Pension Attorneys


At The Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd. handle every aspect of Rhode Island Estate Planning and Rhode Island Elder Law. We have a dedicated team that works hard every day to make sure that our clients understand exactly what is going on. The team of Rhode Island Estate Planning Attorneys work on wills and trusts, durable power of attorney as well as all other facets of the estate. We also have a team of Rhode Island Elder Law Attorneys who can assist you with estate planning, guardianship, Medicaid planning, and much more.
Our goal is to make sure that whether you are concerned about charitable giving, probate or anything else we will make sure you get the best assistance possible. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
RI Estate Planning Attorneys


The Rhode Island Mediators at Partners in Mediation at The Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd. do Family Law Mediation, Family Court Arbitration, Rhode Island Elder Law Mediation, Superior Court Mediation and Arbitration, and Pension Mediation. Mediation is a cooperative and creative process in which both parties can create their mutual settlement. We find that it is a powerful tool to use when you are working with Divorce Lawyers in RI. They allow you to completely discuss your qualms with your partner and come to a solution with a non-biased third party mediator. Mediation is not only very helpful but can ultimately save you from a lengthy proceeding. If you need Mediation in Rhode Island, call Partners in Mediation today so that we can begin working with you.
RI Mediation Attorneys

We at The Law Offices of Howe & Garside, Ltd. are dedicated and experienced Rhode Island and Massachusetts Estate Planning, Elder Law and Divorce Lawyers in RI in the following practice areas:

  • We represent clients with all of their Divorce Lawyers in RI and Family Law cases. We have drafted hundreds of pension and 401k division documents (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders or “QDROS”) for other attorneys and their clients. We have also spoken on behalf of the Rhode Island Bar Association and other groups such as the Rhode Island Family Court – Inn of Court, to educate divorce lawyers in RI and family law attorneys regarding the special knowledge required to represent Military members and their spouses effectively.
  • We represent clients and their families and frequently lecture on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Rhode Island. We now serve Massachusetts Clients in these practice areas as well.
  • Jeremy Howe, Esq. and Nancy Johnson-Gallagher, LICSW are Rhode Island Mediators operating under the name of “Partners in Mediation”. Nancy and Jeremy have been mediating together for more than fifteen years with emphasis on Divorce Mediation, Family Mediation, and Elder Law Mediation.
  • We understand that divorce is very stressful and you may not know what to do about your situation. Our Divorce Lawyers in RI have the experience you need and will give you the guidance you deserve. Our Divorce Lawyers in RI will work with you from the initial filing until you are completely separated and even longer if you need us too. We believe that with the right Divorce Lawyers in RI you should have nothing to worry about.

We have served clients in all counties of Rhode Island for more than 40 years and we now serve our clients in Southeastern Massachusetts. Our offices are located in Newport, Rhode Island and in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. We also make “House Calls” in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.


“Thank you again for all your help. This was the most important thing we’ll ever do for our child and we appreciate the hard work and confidence it took to get it done.”

“I just wanted to thank you for the amazing job you did standing up for me and my daughter. You are great at what you do! You are a very strong and confident woman, and with you beside me, I felt empowered. You are definitely in the right profession and are a woman that people, like myself, can look up to. I would recommend you to anyone seeking help with family law and will continue to come to you for guidance with any issues that come my way. Thanks again for the wonderful job you did and for giving me the support to stand up for myself and my daughter. I feel like a ton of weight has been lifted off me! Jeremy is very lucky to have such a strong fighter on his team.”

“Thanks so much for helping me sort through this. Worth every penny and you made my part incredibly easy.” – Anon.

“Kristy went above and beyond to help me with my military QDRO. She is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.”


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Family Law Case Result

Client lived out of state. His ex’s current spouse is in the military. The parties had gotten divorced in one state. The parties all moved from that state. The matter was heard in State #2 where kids had moved with mom. Kids moved with mom again to RI. We assisted our client in getting the…[more]

Special Needs Trust / Guardianship

March 2015 – Case: client received million dollar personal injury settlement in California motor vehicle accident. Settlement proceeds withheld because client had moved to Rhode Island and qualified for Rhode Island Medicaid benefits. Results: Obtained guardianship for client’s brother. Through the guardianship, client’s brother was able to establish a first party special needs trust to…[more]

We Guided the Family Through Redemption of the Tax Sale, Probated the Mother’s Estate and Leased the Property.

Case: A client was referred to our office by an attorney. Her case was regarding a parcel of real estate owned by five brothers and sisters who were heirs to their mother’s estate. The property was about to be lost at a tax sale, there was no organization to their “family partnership” and little family…[more]

Qualified Domestic Relations Order/Support Result

Case: Hired by an ex-wife who was owed a substantial amount of child support. The ex- Husband did not have the income or assets to pay her what she was owed, but he did have a substantial interest in a 401(k). Result: We were able to draft a QDRO for child support so she could…[more]

Military Pension Orders Result

Case: We assisted an attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services to draft appropriate orders to protect the Wife, as much as possible, in a military divorce when the concern was that there were child support orders for the Husband’s illegitimate children already in effect. The children were born after the parties separated, but before the…[more]

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4 Ways Newport RI Legal Mediation Can Help You With Family Law Issues

March 21, 2017

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Kristy Garside Presenting at Morgan Stanley Event

March 21, 2017

This Thursday, March 23rd at Noon, Kristy Garside will be giving a presentation “QDRO Practice in RI from A to Z”. Hosted by Morgan Stanley, Kristy will be using her years of Family Law Experience to educate attendees about the in’s and out’s of QDRO Practice in Rhode Island – which stands for Qualified Domestic…[more]

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