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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Son’s father took me to a family emergency court he is a toxic person. Drinking drugging selling has illegal gun.

So how do I prove he is unfit ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 6, 2020

Hire a good lawyer to help you prepare and present your case.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: May I take minor out of country on vacation without consent from the other OCONUS parent? I have placement, RI.
John LaRochelle
John LaRochelle answered on Apr 10, 2020

If you have sole custody, you are able to take your minor child out of country on vacation without consent from the overseas parent. Otherwise, you need the permission of the child’s other parent, whether or not he or she is OCONUS. I strongly recommend that you get that permission in writing.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: How does shared custody and shared placement of minor children in RI affect previously established child support order?

Child support order was established when mother had sole custody and placement. Now both parents have shared custody and placement. What title of the General lawd of RI can I find this information?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 31, 2020

Oh dear Lawd, http://www.cse.ri.gov/ has information including guideline worksheets. For best advice and results retain your attorney to assist you in making the appropriate motions and modifications.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: How do i get sole custody of my daughter due to her getting pregnant at 12yrs old mom hid it from me for 5months

We have joint custody we have 3 minor children together mom has placement. She ous suppose to communicate with me but doesn't. She constantly moves never in the same place for more than 6 months sometimes it takes me quite some time to findout new address and she never tells me what school my... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 24, 2020

Call the RI bar association for a referral. You may qualify for a reduced fee attorney. Good Luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: How can i get full custody of my daughter i just find out today she is pregnant she is 12 we have joint custody

We have joint custody mom has placement

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2020

I would suggest you meet with and discuss all of the particulars in private with a practicing family law attorney. There will be considerations for both generations to be addressed, including the new father's role in supporting your grandchild as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Is it okay for a Rhode Island family court judge to change a custody order for someone he has hired to do renovations

A non-custodial parent meets a certain judge he's hired to do Renovations on his home a deal is made later on in exchange for some of the work that's being performed he's going to change a custody order for this person in drag out a custody hearing the individual over a year later is... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 10, 2020

Talk to your lawyer. They will be able to advise you according to the specific facts of your case.

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 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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I have a friend who was 16 years old when he got a 14 year old pregnant. Can he get in trouble now that he’s an adult?

No statue of limitations and it’s been 4 years 5 months

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 9, 2019

Depends on the statute of limitations and how much time has passed

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 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: I currently have joint custody with a court order on a set schedule. He refuses to return my son today.

Is there anything that can be done? This is the second time he’s done this.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 22, 2019

Contact your lawyer and have them file the appropriate motion to get this in front of a judge to hold him in contempt of the court's order.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: What can a person do if they believe their case was lost due to judge and plaintiff having friendship prior to the case

Custodial loses placement after non-custodial makes false allegations which are proven unfounded by dcyf custodial fights case for a year judge does not listen to evidence judge does not allow for a hearing judge continues case constantly for over a year information has come forward that plaintiff... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2019

Talk to your attorney if you are want to take an appeal from the judge's decision. If your attorney is not willing to represent you for the appeal, consult with another attorney soonest. There is a limited time to file an appeal.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I travel on vacation with my daughter without my husbands consent?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

This question gives rise to so many more questions. Are there court orders to the contrary? Is there a divorce pending in the court? Do you have a lawyer? Have you read the automatic orders of the family court? Why does your husband not consent to his daughter having a vacation with her mother ? Is... Read more »

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Q: in a situation of shared custody and the custodial parent moves to a shelter 6 months after informs the secondary party

me & my son moved from the home we shared with his mother my mothers house and went into shelter after a domestic violence situation in search of housing i'm working and he's in daycare and she she filed an exparte to modify physical custody but i have evidence and witnesses of neglect and or abuse

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 27, 2019

Meet with and retain an attorney to assist you. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney, check with RI Legal Services to see if you qualify for their assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can I move out of state for a job advancement with my 2 children if I have sole legal and physical custody?

I have sole legal and physical custody of my 2 children. Mother lives in the next state over 30 min away. We want to move south about 12 hours away. She has not made contact with me to see them in 9 months. There is no visitations set up at all as she skipped the last 2 court dates. I have had them... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

Meet with your attorney to review the court orders in your particular case.

Also, you may consider retaining your private attorney to press for the child support you seek.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: If a father owes 20 grand in back child support and you hasn’t seen there child in 10 years. Do they have rights
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 28, 2019

Most confusing question - - the child? The CP/NCP Parent ? Rights ? Yes, obligations to pay and/or collect those funds continue separately from any other rights either parent may have.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex has filed contempt charges in our child custody. Not sure how to answer

He is an alcoholic, I have a no contact order against him, he does not pay child support, he has no license so I do not want my daughter in a car when he drives, I have many police reports against him for his abuse and harassment. Not sure what I need to do to answer and file for a countersuit for... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 16, 2019

A lawyer is what you need to assist you. You may qualify for a reduced fee attorney through the bar association, or a no cost attorney through legal services.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex and I signed an agreement that we would not have an overnight Guest of the opposite sex with our daughter present

He will not give me a straight anser if he is having an out of town female he is dating visit this weekend when he has my daughter , because he will not answer me i allowed to not let him take her Saturday morning without a straightforward answer to my question ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 24, 2018

Check with your attorney. If you don't have one, it would be a great idea to meet with one to address custody, support, and visitation with enforceable orders.

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