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…

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…

  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…

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…

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…

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…

Unfortunately, parental alienation is something that occurs in some particularly nasty divorces. While parents may believe that they’re getting back at an estranged spouse by driving a wedge between that spouse and their children, in fact, the children may be irreparably damaged. Parental alienation can include telling children things that simply aren’t true about a…

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