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…

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…

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…

SHARED CUSTODY BEST FOR CHILDREN: STUDY A new study has found that shared custody arrangement in child custody cases are the best for the children involved. It found that having both parents in a child’s life increases the likelihood of a child having a happy and healthy life after a divorce. A team of researchers…

RAIMONDO APPOINTS NEW FAMILY COURT JUDGE Last spring the Judicial Nominating commission forwarded Governor Gina Raimondo five finalists for the Family Court Judge position. Periodically the Governor appoints a new family court judge. Upon the upcoming return of the General Assembly on September 19th, Raimondo appointed the current Family Court magistrate Felix “Feidlim” Gill to…

‘PRANK’ VIDEOS COST PARENTS CUSTODY A court placed two children whose father and stepmother had custody with their biological mother. Apparently, YouTube can cost parents child custody. The mother of the children stating (via another Youtube video) that the court gave her “emergency custody.” So, why were the two children taken from the father and…

JUDGES CAN HAVE A SAY WITH CUSTODY AND SCHOOL IF PARENTS CAN’T PARENT WITHOUT A MESS, THE COURTS STEP IN We have talked in the past about the importance of trying to formulate a cooperative parenting plan for your children. Judges, at least some, are happy to point out that if parents can’t make decisions…

PARENTAL KIDNAPPING RISES DURING HOLIDAYS 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…

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