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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.

Child Support vs. Payment of Other Expenses for a Child

In a recent entry, we saw that nonpayment of tens of thousands of dollars of child support by a Rhode Island father led to his out of state arrest.  Here is another case that can lead to problems.

Rhode Island dad caught after avoiding child support for 13 years

Thirteen years ago a Rhode Island man left the state after being ordered to pay $1,430 in monthly payments to his ex-wife for child support. The dad has now been arrested in Michigan and has pled guilty in federal court to willful failure to pay child support. He now owes more than $300,000 for his four children. Former Rhode Island man pleads guilty to non-support charge

Psychiatrist ordered to testify in child custody case

Rhode Island residents may know that courts weigh many factors in deciding child custody issues. The primary consideration is always what is in the best interests of the child. To determine what is in the child's best interests, courts typically look at such factors as who is the primary caregiver, the wishes of the child, the age and sex of the child and evidence of use of drugs or alcohol by either parent, among others.

Divorce Planning: Ask Tough Questions - Start Where You Are

Whether involved in a RI divorce mediation or working with a divorce lawyer, parties need to consider tough questions.

How communication technology can be helpful to divorced parents

Rhode Island residents are probably aware that communication technology is playing an increasingly large role in all aspects of people's lives. When it comes to divorce, it is changing the way divorced parents are communicating. This can be lead to more positive communication or negative manipulation depending upon how it's used.

Emotional Stages of Divorce

Counseling specialists teach that people experience five stages of grieving after the death of a relative/friend. Grief counselors, priests, ministers and rabbis spend time with those with recent losses to assist during difficult times.  A similar emotional reaction comes with divorce.

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