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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Should child support increase if my ex is not seeing our daughter on the agreed terms of the court?

He is supposed to have her every other weekend but never has since we have been divorced for over 3 years. She is with me full time.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 11, 2019

Child support is calculated according to current guidelines using the combined gross incomes of the parents. Non custodial parents have a right to see their children but they have an obligation to pay child support. I have not seen any case of an increase for child support for reduced parenting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Q: What is reasonable time, when dealing with a landlord and tenant issue
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

Reasonable times may vary. If the pipes have burst, a reasonable time (to have the water turned off) will be far shorter than say, if the hot water was not working. It is difficult to say precisely based on the very limited information given.

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Are school bus aides required on school buses for the trasporting of Kindergarten children?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

yes, see: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE16/16-21/16-21-1.HTM

(b) For transportation provided to children enrolled in grades kindergarten through five (5), school bus monitors, other than the school bus driver, shall be required on all school-bound and home-bound routes....
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can i file for custody and a visitation order if i dont know the other parties address?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

You could, but it may be pointless. Even if the court allows you to give notice by way of (very expensive) advertising, you will still not know where to find your children should the court grant your prayer for placement of the child(ren). An experienced family court attorney will likely have some... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My brother & his girlfriend have lived in N. Carolina for about 6 yrs. and they have 2 kids. The girlfriend left with

Her new boyfriend and one of the children. When she arrived in Rhode Island she filed a domestic violence complaint with the courts in R.I. and she alleges the violence occurred in NC. Shouldn't she file in NC? Fyi- she filed this complaint to prevent my brother from driving to RI to bring the... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

A2: Your brother would be well advised to consult with an attorney or two (one in each jurisdiction) to understand how the court handles the jurisdictional issue you present on his behalf. When there is a custody order in the foreign(to RI) jurisdiction, the case will normally be heard there. BUT,... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What is the longest a Kindergarten student can ride on a bus to and from school?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

Depending on the route and the traffic, the ride time will vary.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My brother & his girlfriend have lived in N. Carolina for about 6 yrs. and they have 2 kids. The girlfriend left with

Her new boyfriend and one of the children. When she arrived in Rhode Island she filed a domestic violence complaint with the courts in R.I. and she alleges the violence occurred in NC. Shouldn't she file in NC? Fyi- she filed this complaint to prevent my brother from driving to RI to bring the... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 10, 2019

Your brother would be well advised to consult with an attorney or two (one in each jurisdiction) to understand how the court handles the jurisdictional issue you present on his behalf. When there is a custody order in the foreign(to RI) jurisdiction, the case will normally be heard there. BUT, if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Can i lose custody of my children because I'm dating my cousin
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 2, 2019

It's hard to say on that one fact. For a complete analysis, meet with your attorney and discuss all of the details in private.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: I would like to payoff my back child support, do I need to file a motion or is there a protocol?

The child is emancipated.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 16, 2019

If it is paid through the court - that is the place to make your payment. Otherwise, be sure to pay in a way you can prove you have paid.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Environmental for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I get permission to walk on Open Space to preserve a grave?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 16, 2019

Speak to the Cemetery owner.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it okay for my 14 yr old to be walking around at 10pm in Cranston ri
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 16, 2019

Assuming you are the parent, and you have given your child permission to walk (to unknown destination? Friends house - ? Food Hut? Dunkin? ), then it should be OK. If you have not given your child permission and they are Walking (running away), call the police. Some parts of Cranston are more... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: trying to pay child support for my brother but don't know docket number
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 7, 2019

look it up here

https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: A court order reads parties shall share joint custody and placement shall be with mother.

Does this mean the father has 50/50 placement rights or does the "joint custody" generally describe legal custody and placement is with mother and father receives visitation?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 7, 2019

generally describes legal custody, and (primary physical) placement is with mother, and father receives visitation(now called Parenting time), and pays support consistent with guidelines now in effect.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I believe I will be initiating the divorce process in the coming months. I earn about 3 times my wife and our assets are

Rick C

Reside in RI

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 30, 2019

I assume you are concerned about child support obligations along with understanding what your division of marital assets may look like.

The child support guidelines worksheets now in effect are located at:

http://www.cse.ri.gov/documents/2018-01_AdminOrder.pdf

You would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Elder Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I challenge a DPOA & amended trust that my sibling coerced my mom into signing?

Mom had original trust done in 2000 with assets being split 50/50 between sibling & myself. In 2016 I had falling out with sibling & in 2017 he took my mom to a lawyer to amend her trust giving him 100% & DPOA with unlimited powers. She was 95 at the time & had started with dementia a few years... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 16, 2019

I don't see this as an employment law question. If you cannot afford to enlist private legal assistance, you may wish to investigate other resources that might include law enforcement if you suspect there is elder abuse being committed.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In RI what does 48a dismissal filed mean?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 16, 2019

It means the case is dismissed pursuant to rule 48(a) of the RI Rules of Criminal Procedure. The prosecutor has exercised their discretion to dismiss the case. If it was a 48(b) that would mean that the judge had dismissed the case. For a comprehensive review of all of our criminal court rules,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Q: The court placed a restraining order against my boyfriend and I because we're 17 and 34 but he has committed no crime
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 15, 2019

It is unclear whether this a question. Consult with an advocate or attorney privately to discern your options, rights, and obligations, if any.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: can my child support be decreased if I had 2 more children and moved in with my present day girlfriend?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 2, 2019

Yes, especially if your income has also declined. With all those responsibilities, it may be difficult for you to hire an attorney to assist you to press your case. Cal the RI bar association to get on the referral list.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My girlfriend bought a dog with her check... I paY for shots..tk 2 vet The dog has my last name. I do all. Who owns?

Oh I do all walks,,feed...dog loves me.. Now she threatens to leave to California take the dog.. Who owns the dog? My last name, all vet all care but sge bought it

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 1, 2019

Pets are considered property. Even though the dog has your last name, she is most likely the owner. However, having contributed to the dog's care, you may have a right to reimbursement unless it is construed to be a gift. If you had written an agreement regarding these payments, that would be most... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: Recieved 2nd ticket within 12 months time.

I am not able to pay this ticket and have to go to court. What are my punishments? Will my license be suspened?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 1, 2019

The punishment and or fines will be directly related to the infractions you have been charged with. As you have not disclosed what the citation was issued for, it is nary impossible to discern what penalties you may be facing.

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