Rhode Island Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: My daughter is going to be turning 5 years old her father finally stepped up to the plate he gets SSDI benefits

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Happy birthday to your daughter. Here is some info

https://secure.ssa.gov/poms.nsf/lnx/0410115030

Q: My drivers license has been suspended for Child Support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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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Q: If I'm paying child support in rhode island can I see my kids?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
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 pressing same.

Q: A question about rigl 15.11.1.

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

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 daughter has 3 kids.Their father has avoided being served &DHS will not pursue child supportuntil he is. what to do?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
I might suggest you meet with and retain a private attorney to assist IF the father has the ability to pay child support.

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.

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