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Child custody by court order is sometimes the fairest route

Rhode Island residents who are currently ending their marriage, or who know family or friends who have divorced, understand that certain issues can cause an otherwise amicable split to become a heated clash. One of the most frequently contested issues is child custody. When parents cannot agree on custody, Rhode Island courts can be called on to step in to ensure that the best interests of the child are protected and that a child custody agreement is ultimately reached.

For example, take the contentious custody dispute occurring between one cast member of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" television series and her husband. The couple filed for divorce in August, and the wife is seeking primary custody of the couple's three sons, while the husband wants joint custody. After the most recent hearing in the case, the wife was granted temporary custody after she told a judge that her husband had engaged in violent conduct towards her and their children. She alleged that he yelled at her, pulled her hair and threw her down on the ground. The judge issued a restraining order against the husband, which will be in place until the couple attends their next hearing.

In a contentious custody dispute, couples in Rhode Island can look to the courts for guidance. In some cases, couples are able to develop a parenting plan and strategy for support on their own, but where divorcing spouses cannot come to a decision about custody, a court order can resolve the issue. A temporary custody order, as in this case, can be imposed during the course of divorce proceedings and is subject to modification pending a final custody order.

When spouses simply cannot agree about custody, it may be best for them to address the dispute through the courts. In the difficult time during a divorce, Rhode Island's courts keep the best interests of the child at the forefront of any decision, and in some cases, court ordered child custody can offer the most fair and agreeable solution to a custody dispute.

Source: New York Daily News, "Maloof wins temporary custody of sons in ugly divorce case," Nancy Dillon, Sept. 20, 2012

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