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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Hello, Can a parent have unsupervised visits if there is an active felony child neglect/abuse case against them?

Hello, My childs mother has been charged with 3 counts of felony child neglect and abuse. However, the court has awarded her unsupervised visits, despite me being in fear of my childs safety. What are my child's rights? Why is he being forced to be with his abuser in an unsupervised setting?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Something seems amiss here. Did you bring all of this to your attorney's attention and/or file the appropriate motions to ensure the child is protected? From the way you present these facts, it would be likely that the state would be involved also through DCYF. Bring your concern's to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I was told by my ex-wifes lawyer that it is mandatory to do a QDDRO split of my personal 401k. I agreed to this in the

pre-divorce documents when wife and I decided about cars, kids, assets, etc. Neither she nor I personally put a cent of our own money into that acct. It was funded by the company I worked for and they contributed a little each year. My question is....am I legally obligated by RI law to execute... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Aug 23, 2022

Although opposing counsel may appear to be giving you legal advice, it is not a good idea to take advice on legal matters from your adversary. Your own independent counsel will cost you some money, but in the long run it may be well worth it. Rhode Island general law’s specify an equitable... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: I have a no contact order against me by my wife. If I change my FB profile picture to us and two kids is it a violation?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jul 23, 2022

Talk to your attorney in PRIVATE before making any other (bad) decisions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: If I where to get a legal separation, does that absolve one from the cc debt of the other? Or is that a divorce thing?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jul 12, 2022

Division of assets, debts, and allocation of marital property are addressed in either a Bed and Board Divorce(Separation) or a "full" Divorce. Meet with your qualified local practitioner to review your options in confidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I am going through a divorce. Can I send a message to my attorney, opposing counsel, and my spouse on the same email?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Start with your attorney. Go from there with their advice and counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I sue my college professor for defamation?

I am a graduate student and he is the department chair. There was an incident in a class with undergraduates between them and the professor where I was the TA. I spoke to him asking why he didn’t come speak to me before accusing the professor, my advisor, of basically a criminal act. I told... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Apr 8, 2022

Before escalating the matter to litigation, check to see if the school has an ombudsman who may help address the conflict.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I bring the ex party back to court for child support?

Ex party has minor child 2 more nights a week. I have the minor child more waking hours (I'm spending more money on food, entertainment, etc) how is ex entitled to child support if I have child more?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Apr 8, 2022

Ex Party being your co-parenting partner with whom you cannot come to an arrangement focused on the best interest of the child? Meet with your attorney to go over all the details to see if this "changed circumstance" supports a revision of your previously ordered support obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Rhode Island on
Q: How do you stop a visit with child when there is a sexual abuse investigation open by dcyf on the other parent ?

my son was inpatient at a psychiatric hospital for trying g to commit suicide.he told the drs he is being sexually abused by his biological father. There is no a pending investigation open with dcyf due to this information. The biological father will be here in a few days to pick him up. How can I... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Apr 8, 2022

To make DCYF aware of the situation call 1800RICHILD. It is rather peculiar that the mandated reporters at the hospital did not make this report. Perhaps they did not have this information.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex-husband and I bought a house together before we divorce. I believe the court awarded me the house.

I never file a quitclaim and have him sign it. What should I do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Consult with your attorney to review the status of your case, and explore your options to complete the transfer of your house.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How many egresses are new 2 family homes required to have in Providence RI
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 21, 2022

Check with the regulations at https://www.sos.ri.gov/divisions/open-government-center/rules-and-regulations/building-and-fire-codes

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Q: I want to get divorced I haven’t been with my husband in 3 years he is a addict in Florida somewhere

I’m in Rhode island and I don’t have the money to spend on a lawyer

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 21, 2022

If you cannot afford to hire a lawyer for this uncomplicated no-fault divorce, based on living separate and apart for 3+ years, you will not likely be able to afford the costs of advertising should you not have his location to have the papers served on him. Hiring an attorney may save you lots of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Rhode Island on
Q: What is the penalty for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Feb 19, 2022

The current fines and penalties are contained in the statute at http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE31/31-47/31-47-9.HTM

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Rights, Elder Law and Identity Theft for Rhode Island on
Q: Foreclosure,check fraud,SNAP fraud,credit cards open.Family member took advantage of grandmother. She's out 25,000+HELP

Family member was caregiver for grandmother was supposed to pay mortgage,bills.. Never paid mortgage. grandmother will lose house foreclosure, she's out $20,000. Family member left grandmother bank account $0. Grandmother's social security check went into bank account&stimulus checks... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 20, 2022

https://riag.ri.gov/elder-abuse is a good place for you to start to seek help for your elderly relative. Good luck to both of you.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: In RI I have 2 speeding tickets pending. I have an attny. Court tmrw for 2nd one. Last night I got a 3rd. Tell my attny?

Do I tell my attorney about the third one? The trooper straight lied said I was doing 90. I was only doing 80 I know it’s faster than the speed limit but it sure the heck wasn’t 90! I already have my attny fighting the first 2 and they also said 90 mph. Allegedly. But reduced to a speed much... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Yes, it is imperative that you are forthcoming with your attorney. Failure to be honest with your attorney shall not benefit you, nor your case defense strategy.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I was arrested in Rhode Island with a tiny small amount of cocaine(0.1 gram) but charged with 10g or less. What to do?

I was not qualify for public defender. What should I do?? Can I represent myself ?? Should I plead guilty or not ? If so, what am I looking at ? My first offense.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Jan 20, 2022

Invest in your freedom, liberty, and record by retaining a capable criminal defense attorney to help you evaluate your options, and formulate your best defense, in confidence. they will also help to discern if you qualify to participate in the diversion program.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I rescued 6 wk old blind bulldog. I pay all the vet bills,heartwarm grooming ect. Reg to me. How do I get her back
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 6, 2021

It is unclear from whom or what you wish to get your rescue pet back from. If the pet was stolen from you, you may try contacting the police. If an owner with superior title has taken the pet, you may have to file a civil case. Make arrangements to meet with your local attorney to discuss all of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My friend has been detained under 3 domestic violence charges.

The court date is in 5 months and it seems the neighbor has pointed their cameras at his front driveway to enforce no contact. After research we found this is legal as the area is deemed public with no expectation of privacy. However the partners statement was made immediately while under distress... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 6, 2021

This public forum is not the place to discuss the details. As much as you want to help, remaining silent is your friend's right. Your friend will be best served by the confidential advice of a licensed attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Rhode Island on
Q: What is the time limit for unclaimed fur storage and cleaning By ri law
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 6, 2021

This will most likely be governed by the agreement that was made by the storage company. It may have been posted or written in a contract you signed when you delivered the goods for storage.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Rhode Island on
Q: Someone filed a false complaint against me at work, an investigation was started 15 weeks ago, I'm still employed.

Wanted to know if I can file a sexual harassment complaint against her without any repercussions from work or being arrested. This would be a true complaint. I work for federal government

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 6, 2021

Meet with an attorney who specializes in this area to evaluate all of the detail in private. If you are a member of a collective bargaining unit, there may be other avenues to explore for resolution as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Zoom child custody case. The other party did not submit for entry. Well the judge still hear the case?

Wondering if I should advise the party to submit or leave it be as it’s their responsibility.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
answered on Dec 6, 2021

Likely yes, especially if they appear, assuming service was proper.

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