Interstate Custody Jurisdiction Issues in Rhode Island Family Court Often, when one parent of a child moves out of state and the other remains in state, issues of jurisdiction arise when parents need to use the court system to resolve disputes. These jurisdiction questions increase in importance if the child or children move out of…

Dupre v. Dupre (857 A.2d 242 (RI 2002)) is a pivotal case and centerpiece in any litigation regarding relocation of children out of the State of Rhode Island.  The case came about when a judge implemented a trial Justice denied a petition to allow the removal of the child from the jurisdiction on the basis that there…

Many states have differing terminology for legal and physical custody. In Rhode Island, legal custody is the ability to have input in major life decisions of the children in question. A person with “sole custody” has sole legal custody, and does not need to include the other parent in the decision making process things like…

The Rhode Island Family Courts base custody and possession decisions on the “best interest of the child.” The pivotal case Pettinato v. Pettinato, 582 A.2d 909 (R.I. 1990) states that certain factors must be weighed in the best interests of the child analysis when relevant. These factors include: 1. The wishes of the child’s parent…

Adoptions in Rhode Island are of two broad types: they are either consented to, or they are contested. Consented to adoptions are just that: all parties (biological parents and adoptive parents) are in agreement. There adoptions are the least complex. If you are interested in filing for adoption, give Moyer Law a call at 401-461-7800…

Child support may be modified after one of three circumstances occur. In RI, child support is based on the parties income and available resources support and that information, along with some other factors such as daycare costs, medical insurance costs, or the number of other minor children a party is responsible for, is what is…

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