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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Q: My son turns 18 this month in NH while I reside in RI. Ex-wife is claiming to take me to court to extend the support.

My two sons, (18,16) reside with their mother and I pay support for both. Son is turning 18 and she has been advised by the state that his part will be ending. She now wants to take me back to court to ask for more support for our 16 yr old to try and compensate. Can she do this and if so, how much... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 8, 2021

Q: Should I obtain a lawyer to help navigate this case?

A: Yes

Guidelines currently in effect may be found at: http://www.cse.ri.gov/documents/2018-02-Signed_Admin_and_Chart.pdf

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: If me and my girlfriend don’t live together, I live in apartment upstairs and my girlfriend lives in apartment downstair

And we have a son together will court make me pay child support even thou we’re together in a relationship???? Why would we need to go to court if we’re together just because living upstairs n down stairs apartment...

Carl P. DeLuca
Carl P. DeLuca answered on May 10, 2021

If you're in a separate household the Rhode Island Family Court could order you to pay child support. Usually, it's because the other parent or the state on behalf of the other parent is requesting it.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: What can i do of the father is neglectful of my child? There is no visitation order and i am in RI.

Theres no physical proof but friends and neighbors as well as myself have seen it first hand.

Albin Moser
Albin Moser answered on Mar 31, 2021

Begin by speaking with your child about anything you believe might be a harm to him or her. Follow up with the child's father. Try to avoid phrasing it as blame and encourage him to focus on what the child needs. If that does not work then consider a change to the schedule. If there is no... Read more »

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Q: I am in the process of a divorce. I am pregnant with someone elses child. What steps would I need to establish paternity

Husband and I have lived separately for over 5 years. Divorce papers have been filed. The baby's biological father admits paternity and wants to be on the birth certificate/ the child to have his last name.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 31, 2021

Your attorney will be able to help you collect and present the appropriate evidence to meet the burden of proof required to overcome the presumption of paternity of a child born during a marriage in the State of Rhode Island. If you have not yet met with, and retained an attorney to advocate for... Read more »

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Q: I live in RI my ex moved to KS in 2013 when he moved I was able to get the name of the company he was working for I gave

Info to my case worker RI dept Child support. His paychecks were garnished for awhile then he left that job again I tracked down where he got new job gave info to case worker & started getting child support again. Then I took him back to court for no paying Again. The judge upped his support... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 28, 2020

Your attorney may be able to enlist the services of an investigator to find the information you seek. CSE does get employment and intercept information. Good Luck to you and your child(ren)

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My daughter's mother and I are still legally married. Separated for 3 1/2 years (not on paper though) all the bills are

Still under my name but paid by her. We current still file our taxes together and everything looks like we are still together but I found out she is looking into child support even though I give her money every week like we verbally agreed. Can she win this case? She recently (2months ago) filled... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

A "win" might be best achieved by filing your divorce complaint to establish custody, support, and a division of your marital assets once and for all. Contact an attorney to formulate a plan, and begin the process. Living more than three years Separate and apart is a non-fault grounds for... Read more »

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 Support for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex owes me $39,981 in back child support (5 yrs of nonpayment) and we have been to court where he promised to pay but

hasn't (judge was QUITE Mad at him last court date). Now we have to go back again because he is being charged with contempt. He owns a business that he hides, his license and passport are suspended. His business truck is registered to our oldest. He also told our youngest he plans on... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 21, 2019

The best advice I can give you is to hire an attorney to assist you to navigate this process. The contempt process is often an effective way to get a parent to "step up" and fulfill their obligation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Should child support increase if my ex is not seeing our daughter on the agreed terms of the court?

He is supposed to have her every other weekend but never has since we have been divorced for over 3 years. She is with me full time.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 11, 2019

Child support is calculated according to current guidelines using the combined gross incomes of the parents. Non custodial parents have a right to see their children but they have an obligation to pay child support. I have not seen any case of an increase for child support for reduced parenting... Read more »

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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

You would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
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... 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.

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