Rhode Island Child Support Questions & Answers

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: I pay support for my son then I married his mother in 2010 but never stopped paying the support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk to your attorney to modify your order soonest.

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: My daughter's father is on SSDI in Rhode Island, can I go after him for Child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, he should be receiving a dependency benefit that should go to the custodial parent.

Q: DHS is coming after me for child support for medical we both agreed not to pay child support, can I just pay towards

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
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.

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 5, 2018
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.

Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
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/

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?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
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.

Q: My husband child support case is out of Connecticut but we live in rhode island does ri have to enforce ct order

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You can register your order for enforcement in Rhode Island. Any one of our practicing family court attorneys can assist you in this procedure.

Q: Pregnant and the Father who makes good money, wants nothing to do with the baby. How can I get child support

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2018
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.

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: 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: 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.

Q: My daughters father is doing a long sentence. I just got papers he is filing a motion of relief. Can i fight

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 15, 2018
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.

Q: Is child care included in the initial order of child support or will there be a order and then add it to what the Order

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
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.

Q: my boyfriend is paying so much in child support that our own suffers. I don't know what to do to change this.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
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.

Q: In RI, are childrens cell phones included in child support? my ex just informed me, he will no longer assist in paying.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
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.

Q: Can a father give up his parental rights before he goes to court for a child support and custody case?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 11, 2018
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...

Q: Where does the interest go on past due child support?does it go to the parent that's owed money?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 27, 2017
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes - except when the money is owed to the State for services they have provided for the child.

Q: I got custody of my granddaughter can i take her mother for child support

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Dec 27, 2017
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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