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Establish paternity to secure child support


A Rhode Island divorce can raise a whole host of legal issues. Barring the existence of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, parting spouses will likely need to address property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support. The battle over these issues can be heated, and those who fail to protect their legal rights can be taken advantage of. Reversing the course of an unfavorable outcome can be difficult too, so those who are being confronted by these family law legal issues need to ensure that they are prepared to do so competently.

Parenting class to be mandatory for divorcing RI parents?

Realizing that you are to be a divorced parent can sometimes feel overwhelming. Many parents wonder how well they and their spouse will parent their child from separate households. 17 U.S. states currently require that divorcing parents take a parenting class during the divorce process. One Rhode Island man is pushing for such a law to take hold in our state.  This is not a new idea.  Years ago, divorcing parties were required to view a video at the court house before they could put through their divorce.  

Study shows children benefit from overnight visits with fathers

Children in Rhode Island often benefit from having a loving and involved father in their lives. This is true even if the parents divorced when the child was young. According to a new study of divorced parents, when the mother had primary physical custody of the child, infants and toddlers benefited from spending some nights with their fathers. Not only did these overnight visits not interfere with the child's relationship with the mother, they actually improved the child's bonds with both parents.  Further, mother's often enjoy having one or more nights off fromthe hard work of parenting.  

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