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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 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

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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 Social Security and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughter is going to be turning 5 years old her father finally stepped up to the plate he gets SSDI benefits

In the state of Rhode Island My daughter's father just stepped up to the plate he has been collecting SSDI benefits for many years now I have full custody of our daughter he said I'd be able to put her on his disability to she's going to be turning 5 years old this year was wondering how many years... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Happy birthday to your daughter. Here is some info

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0410115030

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My drivers license has been suspended for Child Support.

I am disabled due to combat injuries from Iraq and unable to work. I get disability from the VA and it is my only source of income. Can I get my license back?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Quite possibly. Talk to your attorney and also your benefits manager to see if there are any dependency benefits available to help support your child. https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: If I'm paying child support in rhode island can I see my kids?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

Parenting time is a right, and Child support is a separate obligation. If you have an order from the court granting your request for parenting time, you have the right to. If you have not addressed this issue in the court, now would be a great time to contact a family law attorney to assist you in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: A question about rigl 15.11.1.

My ex hasnt paid child support in almost a year and recently started again after getting court summons it said on jan. 10th defendant is found to be in compliance with the court order of support for purposes of liscense suspension as defined in RIGL 15-11.1. Does this mean she has her lisense... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE15/15-11.1/INDEX.HTM

Compliance is paying regularly. It is often argued in the court that without a license, one is unable to work in order to pay their support obligation.

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 Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: my daughter has 3 kids.Their father has avoided being served &DHS will not pursue child supportuntil he is. what to do?

its been 7 months. my wife & I are nearly bankrupt caring for 2 households. 1 can we be reinbursed for loses, 2 can she get help now and 9 can she get retro support back the 7 months. (she was a victim of physical abuse for which he only got 1 yr probation)

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 16, 2019

I might suggest you meet with and retain a private attorney to assist IF the father has the ability to pay child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Child is 5, father doesnt pay for nothing, didnt pay child support when on restraining order. What can be done?

My son's father doesnt do anything. I pay the bills for everything from food to medical bills. There was a restraining order for a year where he had to pay child support but never did. Its been 5 years and he just recently had him for 2 weeks straight. Any other time its only 3 days probably once a... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 24, 2018

It sounds like you would do well to secure an attorney to assist you in pursuing the issues you mention. Meet with an attorney to explore court options to establish custody and support, or if you have an M case open already, seek counsel to enforce the support order.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: I pay support for my son then I married his mother in 2010 but never stopped paying the support.

It just continued coming out of my check. I just lost my job so hoe do I stop the support so I don't get in trouble?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

Talk to your attorney to modify your order soonest.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: 3 month year old daughter and her father does not help me with anything since her birth can I put him on child support
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

If you are receiving benefits (health insurance or other state assistance) cooperate with the State Child Support Enforcement attorney. If you can afford to hire a private attorney to help you, it would be a good investment in your child's future.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughter's father is on SSDI in Rhode Island, can I go after him for Child support?

DHS told me that they cannot go after him because he's on SSDI, but I wanted to know if I can go down to the Rhode Island Child Support office and file my own paper work to go after him for Child support. I don't understand how a father can not be found responsible for the children he's creating.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

Yes, he should be receiving a dependency benefit that should go to the custodial parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: DHS is coming after me for child support for medical we both agreed not to pay child support, can I just pay towards

Can I just pay towards medical if we both decided not to pay for child support ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

It is sad when parents refuse to pay to assist in the support of their children. The state is paying for health insurance and other benefits for the minor children. Hire an attorney to assist you in seeking the relief you believe you are entitled to.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: need to go to court to decide if I want to put my boyfriend on child support. What happens is we don't show up?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

If a subpoena is served, and he does not appear, the judge has the discretion to issue a body attachment. Best not to risk an arrest and some time in jail just for not appearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

We only have one source of income (being approximately $600 a month) currently and are behind by two months rent. However, we have lived at this house for close to 8 years and have had many problems. From the kitchen, the paint on the ceiling is peeling off, the oven does not work, and the faucet... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2018

It may be time to look for: 1) a new, different, and better maintained residence/apartment and/ or 2) a second source of income and/or 3) an attorney to help you defend against a likely eviction case should your landlord decide to take you to court. Contact your local CAP agency for help with #1... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughters father lives in New York and I live in Rhode Island. How can I get child support if he's in another state?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 9, 2018

There are laws that allow the states to work together on this issue. Meet with an attorney to discuss the particulars of your situation and file the appropriate motions in the Family Court.

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