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.
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.
Neville Bedford's answer 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.
Neville Bedford's answer 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.
Neville Bedford's answer 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 https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/
Neville Bedford's answer 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.
Neville Bedford's answer Congratulations on your expected child. Once the child is born, it will be time to decide whom the parents are to be. If there is no agreement, and the alleged father denies paternity, there may be a need for DNA testing. Rhode Island Child support Enforcement is very familiar with these types of cases. A private attorney should be able to help you navigate the process when the time is right.
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.
Neville Bedford's answer From your description of the situation, It's not likely he will have an resources from whence to pay his support obligation in the near future. If you know otherwise, hire an attorney to help you present that evidence to the court in rebuttal of his pleadings.
Neville Bedford's answer Read the order carefully and review it with your attorney. Child care costs are usually incorporated into a calculation of support obligations. If you began incurring those costs after the child support was established, you may have to ask your lawyer to return to court with you to address these expenses.
Neville Bedford's answer He should speak to his attorney to ensure the payments are consistent with guidelines now in effect. On the bright side, the state does not look at any of your income in calculating support obligations.
Neville Bedford's answer If they are still minors and you have a written agreement for shared costs of extracurricular expenses including mobile phone costs, you may have grounds to file a motion to adjudge the father in contempt. Speak with your attorney to go over the details in a private forum.
Neville Bedford's answer Are you she or he? Is she proposing an adoption by her new partner? Does he have an attorney? Does She? they both probably should. Support, custody, and parenting time issues may require separate cases in our family court. Attorneys who work in that area are well qualified to advise and guide them through the process. He MAY give up his right to parenting time but he SHALL likely continue to be obliged to support his child as they are separate issues. If they are both fit and proper parents, a...
Neville Bedford's answer If the child's mother will help to support her child, that is great. If she does not have the ability to pay, that is sad. If you receive benefits from the state (health insurance etc.) the state will be interested in the mother's (and father) ability to help support the child. Thank you for stepping up to take care of your grandchild. This world needs more grandmothers like you.
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