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October 2012 Archives

Rhode Island residents should consider the benefits of mediation

Rhode Island residents may not know that mediation can be used for many types of conflict and is often a way of resolving divorce and family disputes. Mediation involves a neutral mediator assisting the parties to come to a mutually acceptable agreement

Rhode Island Divorce: Should You Read Your Spouse's Emails?

Spouses feeling insecure or jealous about their spouse, or those trying to gain advantage in their divorce proceedings may want to delve into their spouse's emails, hoping to find evidence of misconduct and other secrets.

Spouses beware: secrecy often revealed by technology

Rhode Island residents are probably aware that cheating and finances are common causes of divorce. They might not realize, however, that a common theme in most divorces is secrecy. A spouse who is trying to keep secrets should be aware that almost all secrets will come out eventually, and with technology secret keeping is near impossible.

RI Division of Taxation to Same-Sex Couples

What is the status in Rhode Island for same-sex couples who have been lawfully married in another state or who are partners of a Rhode Island civil union? The R.I. Division of Taxation has clarified its position regrding same sex couples on September 21, 2012.

Terms of Tom Cruise child support payments revealed

Rhode Island residents probably know about the divorce and quick settlement between former celebrity couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. They may not know, however, that the recently released official court documents have revealed the particular terms of the child support payment arrangements. Holmes has primary physical custody of their 6-year-old daughter, and Cruise is required to pay child support. According to the terms of the divorce settlement, the leading man and action star will be required to pay $400,000 per year in child support.

Mother must pay $130,000+ for lying about fatherhood of child

A woman who purposely lied about the parentage of her son, prompting a marriage, must pay damages (in excess of $130,000) to her ex-husband who supported and loved the child believing it was his, ruled the Tennessee Supreme Court. Nine years after the marriage, the wife's admitted to adultery, causing a divorce.  The husband was ordered to pay child support for the child he thought was his son and his adopted daughter.  He continued to visit "his" chldren and evenmoved to be closer to them.  Approximately seven years after the divorce, the husband learned from DNA tests that he was not the father of the teenage son.

Law helps military parents keep custody of their children

Parents who are in the military may risk losing custody of their children due to being deployed. Often the parent who is not in the military is granted temporary custody while the deployed parent is away. Courts often then find that it is in the child's best interest to make the temporary arrangement permanent. The service duties required of the military parent make it difficult for them to fight a child custody battle. They are, in effect, penalized for their service.

Three Ways child support can affect obtaining a car loan

Many people in Rhode Island pay or receive child support, believing that the payments are used to maintain a lifestyle for the child, including shelter, food and clothing. Many are surprised to learn that these payments can affect obtaining a loan, especially if the borrower's credit score contains dings and dents.

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