Questions Answered by Neville Bedford

Q: How long does it take for the state to start sending child support checks? Wages have been garnished for 3 weeks.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Dec 8, 2014

Answered on May 22, 2015

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They should have started by now. Contact your case worker at CSE and make sure they have the correct information.

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Q: If a dog attacks a family member on my property do I have the right to shoot the dog

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Rhode Island on May 6, 2015

Answered on May 22, 2015

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If you haven't already shot the dog, please don't. It will be considered cruelty because you asked the question here first. If there is a dangerous dog that is threatening your family, report it to the authorities and keep yourself and your family safe.

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Q: CAN A MAGISTRATE FORCE A PARENT TO STAY IN A MARRIAGE BY THREATENING TO REMOVE THE CHILDREN TO CHILD SERVICES?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Mar 31, 2015

Answered on May 22, 2015

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I don't think so. I wonder where you get this idea from. It is difficult to imagine circumstances where this might happen. Is this in a divorce hearing? A custody hearing? Truancy? or what? Meet with an attorney to go over the details in private.

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Q: my boyfriend owes me 80,000 dollars. I live in RI. He now lives in FL. What state do I sue him in and which court?

1 Answer | Asked in Collections for Rhode Island on Sep 28, 2014

Answered on May 20, 2015

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That depends on where the contract you wrote says you may sue. (Of course you wrote a contract for a loan of that magnitude). Also, when you meet with and retain an attorney to assist you, you will have a good idea of where his assets are, that you may seize if you are successful in your action. They will then advise you of the costs in involved, the likely possibilities.

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Q: Is it legal to be nude in my own back yard? What if the back yard is visible to the neighbors?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on May 4, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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It depends...

TITLE 11

Criminal Offenses

CHAPTER 11-45

Disorderly Conduct

SECTION 11-45-2

§ 11-45-2 Indecent exposure – Disorderly conduct. – (a) A person commits indecent exposure/disorderly conduct when for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification or stimulation, such person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

(1) Exposes his or her genitals to the view of another under circumstances in which his or her conduct is likely...

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Q: How can an adopted immediate relative gain citizenship. And how and the process.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Rhode Island on May 11, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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Meet with an immigration attorney in provate to discuss the particulars of what you are trying to accomplish.

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Q: My name is not on the mortgage or deed of a house my spouse owns. Am I responsible for the mortgage if he dies?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on May 14, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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If they receive the house in his will, they will take it as it is, with the mortgage. If you are still nervous, and he agrees, make an appointment to meet with an estate attorney with him to go over the will and the consequences should he predecease you.

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Q: if my boyfrend and i split up and we have a 6 year old daughter who should be the one to move out?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on May 17, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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The one ? It does not really matter. Even if they both move out, the child should be raised by both parents dedicating 100% of their love and resources to the child.

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Q: Hi I have placement of my daughters my x husband has them every Luther weekend for 7 hrs how do I get temp soul custody

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on May 16, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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Hire an attorney. Understand that the courts lack the power to change people. There is no guarantee you will get sole custody.

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Q: Hello,I need help in family law...

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on May 17, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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Bring the papers with you when you come to the US and meet with a family law attorney to review your (mother's) rights.

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Q: Can i move out of state, RI, if i have sole custody of my son? Do i need to contact someone?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on May 18, 2015

Answered on May 20, 2015

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You should be able to move. Of course, including the mother of the children to arrange for some contact and parenting time may be in the children's best interest unless she is somehow unfit.

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Q: Who gets more child support a newborn or 4 yearold? The four year olds mother works while the newborns mother is on RIW

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Mar 28, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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The missing element here is the Non Custodial parent's income. However, while the mother on welfare remains active, the state will likely only pass through $50 per month of the funds collected (and keep the balance themselves as compensation for the services the state is providing). The age of the child is not taken into consideration when calculating minimum support guidelines.

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Q: The state airport had a voluntarily residential buyout, now its eminent domain.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on Jan 11, 2014

Answered on May 12, 2015

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Meet with an attorney and retain them to represent your interests. Eminent domain is not usually considered a suggestion.

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Q: How do I add a beneficiary to the deed for my home?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on Aug 12, 2014

Answered on May 12, 2015

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Meet with an attorney, and discuss the procedure/effects/benefits and risks of joint ownership. This may be what you need.

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Q: What is the process for evicting a sibling from an estate home of which he is one third owner?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on Apr 1, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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This sounds like a situation that may be best addressed to the attorney representing the estate in the Probate court.

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Q: my ex moved out of state

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on Mar 30, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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You need to meet with a practicing family law attorney in the state you live in. If you live, or work there, Massachusetts is probably seeking to enforce an order entered in another state. Support, visitation and custody are separate issues.

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Q: Can I drop charges I filled for a domestic violence? If I can how would I got about that?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on Apr 22, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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Meet, and retain an attorney to assist you. The court is very hesitant to "drop charges" in DV cases as tacit witness/victim intimidation is a constant concern.The prosecution/AG decides what amended charges are appropriate usually through a plea bargain negotiation with his attorney.

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