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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex owes me $39,981 in back child support (5 yrs of nonpayment) and we have been to court where he promised to pay but

hasn't (judge was QUITE Mad at him last court date). Now we have to go back again because he is being charged with contempt. He owns a business that he hides, his license and passport are suspended. His business truck is registered to our oldest. He also told our youngest he plans on moving to... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

The best advice I can give you is to hire an attorney to assist you to navigate this process. The contempt process is often an effective way to get a parent to "step up" and fulfill their obligation.

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Rhode Island on
Q: Can i get a 2nd Dui offence dismissed under the 32 section for people who suffer depression and ptsd anxiety?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

It's doubtful. Hire an attorney to help you discern any other, more viable, defenses after a confidential meeting to review all of the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: How can a grandparent end guardianship when the parents refuse to take the child back? Troubled teenager.

Divorced parents don’t want teen and refuse to take him. Teen needs to be removed from grandparents home. Who can physically remove the teen?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

Children who are unwanted by parents and guardians oft end up in state custody. Meet with your attorney, either the one who assisted you with the Guardianship, or any other attorney of your choice, to discuss your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: my granddaughter lives in Massachusetts I live in Rhode Island I had custody of my granddaughter when she was young her

her dad my son passed away he lived with us as well she now lives with mom and is very unhappy and wants to live with me and my husband.She has been telling me things an 11 year old should not deal with she is stressed if mom finds out she told someone what is going on.She makes her lie to guidance... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 5, 2019

Meet with and retain an attorney to help you best present your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: My now ex girlfriend is refusing to give me my paychecks that were set up to be direct deposited into her account.

She is saying because I owe her money, which I admit I do. However we made an aggreement of $300/month towards what I owe her. Now she wont give me any of my checks. What can I do?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 23, 2019

Locate the signed copy of the agreement you wrote for the $300 a month repayment of the loan.

File it with your case in the small claims court, IF the total amount is less than $2500

see:...
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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 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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