VIRTUAL VISITATION CAN HELP CHILD-PARENT RELATIONSHIP Virtual visitation is quickly becoming a popular method for parents. In particular, it allows them to interact with their children on a daily basis when involved in a child custody arrangement. So, what exactly is it and does it provide any benefits to the parent-child relationship? We will answer…

GRANDPARENT VISITATION RIGHTS IN RI Last year about this time, we wrote about the state of the law in Rhode Island regarding the grandparent visitation rights in trying to maintain relationships with their grandchildren. Then, lawmakers were beginning hearings into whether to expand rights curtailed by a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2000. That decision…

LEGAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA AND PARENTAL RIGHTS No one might have thought to ask the question posed by medical marijuana and parental rights years ago. Marijuana use for medical conditions wasn’t legal in RI until 2006, so the answer then was an easy yes. But even though the state’s has a medical marijuana law on the…

CREATING AN EFFECTIVE PARENTING PLAN 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…

TIPS FOR WHEN EX HAS THE KIDS 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 when ex has…

WHAT ARE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF CHILD CUSTODY SCHEDULES? 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…

ALCOHOLISM AND CHILD CUSTODY DON’T MIX WELL HOW DOES ALCOHOLISM AFFECT YOUR CHILD CUSTODY CASE? Could you lose custody of your children over a drinking problem? Alcoholism and child custody don’t mix well. If you’re in the middle of a divorce or are already divorce but have shared physical custody, alcohol addiction can become a significant…

CAN CHILD CUSTODY EVALUATIONS HARM YOUR CHILD? When a couple with children divorces or separates, the court may actually order child-custody evaluations 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. So,…

5 STEPS BEFORE CHILD CUSTODY MEDIATION 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…

PRIMER ON CHILD CUSTODY MISTAKES 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. This means that if the parents would not act as frequently on their emotions, they may…

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