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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 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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: My ex was emotionally abusive. I am being treated for PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. Can I sue for emotional damage?

It is 12 years later, he threatened me into selling my own house to get the equity, he broke into my house and yelled at me to sell it. He has alienated my three children from me, I sold the house, he didn't like the amount I was getting, he filed a restraining order against the sale. I couldn't... Read more »

Gary Kollin answered on Jul 24, 2019

I doubt any attorney would take this case on a contingency fee basis.

Also what is the likelihood of recovering money should you get a judgment?

Those are my observations

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Intellectual Property and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a family court in rhode island take away my phone when I'm 13 under the orders of a judge?

Truancy

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

They are more likely to prohibit you from using it. Speak with your court attorney to have them press your best arguments against such an order.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Which Rhode Island court do I petition to unseal documents related to my paternity?

I was born outside of marriage, and then my father signed an "affidavit of legitimation" after he married my mother. Per Rhode Island law, this document is sealed and Vital Records will only issue copies of it with a court order. I am applying for recognition of inherited Italian citizenship... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Mar 28, 2019

Dual citizenship is a special status and probably worth investing with an attorney to assist you. Your chances of success will be much better with a professional advocating on your behalf.

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 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 »

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: In Rhode Island is defendant required to respond to divorce petition in 20 days or does he actually have until nominal

Until nominal hearing?

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 19, 2018

The deadline may be extended for good cause or sua sponte by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Pregnant again after 5 years since my son was taken and adopted in 2016 can I keep this baby if I have my own place

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 19, 2018

You may have a flag in the DCYF system. If they open a case for this child retain an attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on

Q: Ex has our daughter. Refusing to give he to me

I've been tryin to contact dcyf investigator for days and having heard from themI have to be spoken to any dcyf worker. How do I know if he has custody. I tried gettin daughter back after he took her for the night refused then gave my parents info on him gettin full custody from dcyf. Again no one... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 18, 2018

It's nary impossible to determine whom may be lying about what on the scant information provided. If you are working with an attorney in your DCYF case, contact them. If you can afford to hire your own attorney, that is a great idea. There should also be a social worker assigned to the case that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: How can I prevent my daughter from seeing her biological father?

I have raised my daughter since the week she came home from the hospital after being born. I may not be her biological father, but all she knows is I'm her daddy. Her biological father is not on the birth certificate and has not had contact with my wife since she was about 3 months pregnant and my... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

Help your wife hire an attorney to best advocate for the interests of the child. There will likely be DNA testing and multiple court hearings required.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: I need to file an answer to a family court summons. What is the wording and who/where do I send it?

The complaint is a motion for the defendant's right to terminate alimony. The defendant is my ex-husband and I have remarried. I agree with the motion. I just don't want to have to hire an attorney and go to court to get this done. There is a court date listed.

Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

If you choose to represent yourself, you shall be obligated to do the appropriate responses for yourself. If you have no objection to the motion, you should have both probably asked your attorney to prepare the agreement for you and save yourself the time off work to go to court.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: How do I find out if there is still a restraining order in place again someone charged with child molestation

I am the victim don't remember how long the restraining order

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2018

You may find the information you seek on the public portal. https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Emergency custody

I just found out the father of my children is in drug rehab and and left the children with his mother. We have joint custody but he has placement. Can I file for emergency custody? I stopped at the courthouse on my lunch break today and got the paperwork to file but I am a little confused on how to... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 9, 2018

The best way to file your motion is with the assistance of a practicing family law attorney. Depending on the time that your child has been with their paternal grandmother, the judge may not consider it an emergency. So, make an appointment to meet with a family lawyer to prepare the documents to... 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 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on

Q: I received a letter of zero delinquency notice does this mean my balance to child support is 0

Section 52-362d(b) saying my name has been removed from credit obligors

Neville Bedford answered on May 28, 2018

This sounds like a Connecticut case. Try re-posting your question there.

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