Rhode Island Child Custody Questions & Answers

Q: Can I travel on vacation with my daughter without my husbands consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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 there a chance that this is not a vacation where he might be able to allege parental kidnapping? Rather than reveal ANY of that information here in a PUBLIC forum, make an appointment to meet with...

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: Can I move out of state for a job advancement with my 2 children if I have sole legal and physical custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 29, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: My ex has filed contempt charges in our child custody. Not sure how to answer

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: My ex and I signed an agreement that we would not have an overnight Guest of the opposite sex with our daughter present

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: Child is 5, father doesnt pay for nothing, didnt pay child support when on restraining order. What can be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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 you may be able to speak with.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
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.

Q: Pregnant again after losing custody of prior children. Will the state take this child too?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
When a parent has their parental right terminated, a red flag is placed in the DCYF system such that they have an interest in ensuring the well being of any subsequent children. Congratulations on your expected child. Meet with, and retain an attorney to assist you should the state decide to intervene on behalf of the child.

Q: Husband is cheating and verbally abusive to me and kids. I have family out of state. Can we go and I start a case there?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 27, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may file the case in Rhode Island. The other state may have a residency requirement that could cause you to have to wait for up to a year before filing. Meet with a Rhode Island Divorce attorney to explore your options soonest.

Q: Mother has taken full sole custody. How is she able to still take me for child support?

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Randi Sirlin's answer
The Courts in Arizona view child support as completely separate from child custody. Unless someone else has adopted your children, a parent has a duty of support.

I hope this helps!

Q: If a judge ruled the mother a 3 year restraining order & full custody of the child can the father appeal that decision ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 25, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, the appeal (and/or motion for new trial) must be timely filed or the right may lapse, Speak to your attorney soonest to discuss costs and potential for success

Q: Family

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, if you do not follow the court's order, you can get int trouble. Speak with your attorney to document your concerns. They will have a written report from the unit that will be sent to the judge in your case.

Q: Is there such a thing as shared physical placement in RI?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 2, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, when both parents freely agree to share equally all parenting obligations. Arrange a visit with your favorite family attorney to discus the particulars in a private meeting.

Q: What does a TRIAL DEPOSITION IN DCYF CASE mean?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 17, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
What is DEPOSITION?

The testimony of a witness taken upon interrogatories, not in open court, but in pursuance of a commission to take testimony issued by a court, or under a general law on the subject, and reduced to writing and duly authenticated, and intended to be used upon the trial of an action in court. Butcher v. U. S., 72 Fed. 972, 19 C.C. A. 259; Indianapolis Water Co. v. American Strawboard Co. (C. C.) 65 Fed. 535.A deposition is a written declaration under oath, made upon...

Q: How do I support my case to have physical placement of my child? Shared placement does not work with dads work schedule.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 17, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If you and your child's father cannot resolve it, work with a practicing family court attorney to help prepare to present your case.

Q: My ex-boyfriend and I were never married and have two children in common, 11 and 8 years of age. I would like to file...

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 23, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Time to retain a family court lawyer and file what we call a Miscellaneous case to establish custody, parenting time, etc.

Q: My fiancé ex girlfriend stoped allowing him to see his 4 yr son, once we got engaged! Can she do this?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
He should meet with an attorney. It's not your child. You should not be involved.

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