A little advanced reading can help you to protect your children, relationships, and assets. Preparing in advance can save you money and stress. The articles and tips here in the Moyer Law, PC, site are intended to help you anticipate and understand some of the very complex and emotional issues you may be facing at this time during your divorce, custody, or other family law matter.

Family law cases can be very complex, so be warned. The information provided here is not intended as legal advice. Each case is different, and your case is worth reaching out to an experienced attorney.

Virtual visitation is quickly becoming a popular method for parents to interact with their children on a daily basis when involved in a child custody arrangement. What exactly is virtual visitation and does it provide any benefits to the parent-child relationship? We will answer those two questions in today’s post. Virtual visitation is defined as…

Financial pressures have long been cited as the pinnacle of marital downfall. In a recent study in the rise of divorce, male employment seems to be a large factor.   A study of 6300 heterosexual couples and found that men who were not working full time were 33% more likely to divorce than those with…

I’ve been served divorce papers. What do I do now? As with nearly all major events of life, there are specific steps to follow to complete a divorce in Rhode Island. Whether you are seeking a “no fault” divorce, citing irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, or for a contested dissolution for other reasons, such as…

Last year about this time, we wrote about the state of the law in Rhode Island regarding the rights of grandparents in trying to maintain relationships with their grandchildren. At the time, lawmakers were beginning hearings into whether to expand rights curtailed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2000 that gave the balance of…

Currently in Rhode Island court and across the United States, a family court Judge can choose to consider pet wellbeing in a divorce case. In January Governor Bill Walker, signed legislation in Alaska to become the first state to add an amendment to the states divorce laws that gives major implications for animal welfare. Rhode…

Recently the Rhode Island Family Court updated its guidelines on calculating child support. This process occurs every 5 years or so and last change occurred in 2007. The guidelines are designed to make it easier and more predictable to establish a child support order. The courts do, however, have the authority to vary from these…

No one might have thought to ask the question posed above a few years ago. Marijuana use for medical conditions wasn’t legal in Rhode Island until 2006, so the answer would have been an easy yes. But even though the state’s has a medical marijuana law on the books, the answer is still not as…

If you and your spouse, or other parent of your children, are going through child custody, you will want to create an effective parenting plan. Emotions are generally flared during a divorce and parties may not be on their “best behavior.” Robotically going through the motions of a custody plan for the sake of creating…

Holidays can heighten the pain of a divorce, yet despite this we divorce lawyers all anticipate the annual post-holiday surge in divorce filings. Here are some useful tips to try to survive the post-holiday season during a divorce: 1. Keep the peace. Keep things calm. Flaring up emotions during this emotional and sentimental season can…

A new study has found that shared custody arrangement in child custody cases are the best for the children involved. The study found that having both parents in a child’s life will increase the likelihood of a child having a happy and healthy life after a divorce occurs in Rhode Island. The study was conducted…

Question: When will my divorce be final? Answer: So, it depends on the grounds for divorce. Most divorces in Rhode Island are filed under the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” Divorces granted under this method are eligible to be finalized after 90 days from the final divorce hearing date, usually known as a “nominal divorce hearing.”…

Last spring Gina Raimondo was forwarded five finalists by the Judicial Nominating commission for the Family Court Chief Judge Position. Upon the upcoming return of the General Assembly on September 19th, Raimondo appointed the current Family Court magistrate Felix “Feidlim” Gill to the Rhode Island Family Court bench. The other finalists included- Magistrates Paul T….

Shared custody may be fair, but it’s emotionally trying. You know that your ex deserves some time with the kids, but you don’t know what to do with yourself when they spend the week at his or her house. Your home just feels so empty. It’s a common complaint from divorced parents. Below are a…

While a divorce can be very difficult for the adults, it can cause problems for any children in the mix. The psychological effects of child custody on children can be significant. Understanding what impacts the different types of custody have on children can help you create a parenting plan that works best for your children….

Could you lose custody of your children over a drinking problem? If you’re in the middle of a divorce or are already divorce but have shared physical custody, alcohol addiction can become a significant issue in court. Judges are expected to address every custody issue the same way — by asking what is in the…

  After 20 years of practice, I think I’ve seen it all. What you wear to court DOES make a difference. Remember, most of the time the judge hearing your case will not remember who you are, so even if its not, think of this as a chance for first impressions. Making a good first…

When a couple with children divorces or separates, child-custody evaluations are performed in order to find what experts believe are the best living, time-sharing and decision-making arrangements for the child. However, according to one psychologist, these evaluations may be doing more harm than good. Why is this? Here are a few of the doctor’s reasons:…

There’s no easy way to address the issue of child custody when you’re going through a divorce. As parents, you’re no longer going to live together and your children can’t be in two places at once. Unless one parent has exclusive physical custody of the children, which is extremely rare in today’s world and not…

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