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…

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…

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…

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….

Two children whose father and stepmother had custody have been placed with their biological mother. The mother uploaded a YouTube video stating that she had been given “emergency custody.” Why were the two children taken from the father and his current wife? Child Protective Services (CPS) was repeatedly asked to action against the father and…

A family court judge in Rensselaer County has been reprimanded by a state appeals court for her “inexplicable actions” in a custody case from 2015. The two parents were having a problem agreeing on custody for their child. The time in question was only two-and-a-half hours in the afternoon on Fridays. At issue initially was…

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…

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