Divorce and Family Law Blog

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.

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.”…

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 impression…

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…

There are a number of child custody mistakes that can have a detrimental effect on the parents seeking custody or on the children. Many of the mistakes amount to little more than common sense, meaning that if the parents would not act as frequently on their emotions, they may find the outcome could be more…

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…

Consistency is often one of the most difficult things co-parents deal with today. From enforcing rules and disciplining your child to tolerating behavior, when co-parents are at the opposite end of the spectrum, the children quickly learn how to manipulate one parent to get what they want. Here are some tips to help co-parents create…

Your children are going to be highly impacted by your divorce, and it’s more than just figuring out a child custody plan for them after the split. This is a significant change in their lives. There are a few things you should know about breaking the news. First off, don’t jump the gun. Don’t tell…

Child custody matters are difficult for some parents to think about. In a recent blog post, we discussed the effects that mental illness can have on child custody. This is only one consideration of these cases. Ultimately, the court is charged with doing whatever it thinks is in the child’s best interests. We understand that…

When should a parent’s mental illness affect his or her custodial rights? Certainly any parent who is actively psychotic shouldn’t be entrusted with the all-important task of looking after his or her children. The risk of harm to the kids is far too great. But family courts in Rhode Island have struggled to find that…

You have a lot of goals relating to your children when you head for divorce. Maybe you want sole custody, a good joint custody plan or visitation rights. However, while looking into all of this, it’s important to go beyond these basic decisions and remember to think about how you can make life easiest for…

Divorce nearly always brings up considerable emotions and insecurities in children. The family unit they’ve known is no longer. They may feel that they’ve taken a backseat to their parents’ animosity towards one another. They may believe that they have to side with one parent over another. In some very unfortunate situations, they be given…

When divorcing parents have a child who has special needs, the physical and emotional needs of the child should be at the forefront of all custody decisions. This is particularly true for children who have serious physical and/or intellectual disabilities. It’s essential to remember that there are two elements of custody: physical and legal. Let’s…

Determining custody and visitation of your children involves some of the most important decisions that you’ll make during your divorce. Rhode Island law designates two kinds of custody — joint and sole. It also designates to types of custody — physical and legal. With joint custody, a child visitation schedule should be drawn up in…

As we near the end of the holiday season, many children of divorced parents will be heading back home after some time spent with their non-custodial parent. It’s not uncommon for parents who don’t see enough of their kids all year to take them for a week or two during their winter vacation. Sadly, this…

This is the time of year when many divorced parents take their kids abroad for part of their winter break to visit family or simply to vacation. Usually, these are happy excursions and their other parent has given permission for the trip. Sadly, however, some parents or other family members take children out of the…

When divorced co-parents who live in different states have a dispute regarding child custody, support or visitation, one of the first things that needs to be determined is which state’s courts will have jurisdiction over the matter. This applies to enforcement of current agreements as well as to requested modification to them. Generally, legal documents…

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