The area of law known as Family Law includes many topics. Those are divorce, child custody and support, adoption and issues with minor children that can include criminal matters. Throughout the course of my career I have represented clients in all phases of these areas. Some require litigation that may be contested and others do not. It is most important especially in this field to know when and how to resolve matters without the need for contested litigation. This path must always be provided to the client so they have the necessary information to make a decision. These cases involve families and minor children, many times in a highly emotional time. Knowing the law and in practice how to reach a result is our goal to you the client.
Some matters for various reasons do become contested. My experience handling contested divorce, custody and juvenile criminal case allows our office to give you the proper representation to reach your desired result.
Divorce for most is a very upsetting and difficult time. Your attorney should be able to provide sound legal advice and guidance. In a divorce whether you have filed or your spouse has, we have the experience to advise you on the law and the practical application in the Family Court. The disposition of the assets including retirement accounts, debts of the marriage and issues involving minor children are dealt with. Some assets may be exempt such as gifts or an inheritance. A thorough investigation of these is important to protect your interest.
Issues of custody can occur in a filing for divorce, separate filing when the parties are not married or after the entry of the final decree in a divorce. The best interest of the child is the guiding principal that is applied in Rhode Island. The factors that are included will be discussed and argued for you if custody is an issue. The court in some circumstances can interview the child or have a third party do so. These options will also be covered to determine the proper course of action.
These rights are afforded to the non -custodial parent in a divorce matter or when the parties were not married. A set schedule can be put in place that can be very detailed. When the parties have the ability to communicate a more open schedule maybe in your best interest. These rights are in place until modified by the Court and can be enforced by either party.
Support in Rhode Island is determined by the income of the parties and calculated using guidelines adopted by our Family Court. Support orders to receive or pay remain in effect until modified by the Court. If one has the need to raise or lower the amount unless the Court approves that change it has no effect. Also in Rhode Island support generally ends at the age of 18 but can be extended in limited situations.