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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.

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

its been 7 months. my wife & I are nearly bankrupt caring for 2 households. 1 can we be reinbursed for loses, 2 can she get help now and 9 can she get retro support back the 7 months. (she was a victim of physical abuse for which he only got 1 yr probation)

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 16, 2019

I might suggest you meet with and retain a private attorney to assist IF the father has the ability to pay child support.

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

My son's father doesnt do anything. I pay the bills for everything from food to medical bills. There was a restraining order for a year where he had to pay child support but never did. Its been 5 years and he just recently had him for 2 weeks straight. Any other time its only 3 days probably... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 24, 2018

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.

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

It just continued coming out of my check. I just lost my job so hoe do I stop the support so I don't get in trouble?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

Talk to your attorney to modify your order soonest.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
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
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

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.

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

DHS told me that they cannot go after him because he's on SSDI, but I wanted to know if I can go down to the Rhode Island Child Support office and file my own paper work to go after him for Child support. I don't understand how a father can not be found responsible for the children he's creating.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

Yes, he should be receiving a dependency benefit that should go to the custodial parent.

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

Can I just pay towards medical if we both decided not to pay for child support ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

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.

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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?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 5, 2018

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

We only have one source of income (being approximately $600 a month) currently and are behind by two months rent. However, we have lived at this house for close to 8 years and have had many problems. From the kitchen, the paint on the ceiling is peeling off, the oven does not work, and the faucet... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2018

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... Read more »

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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?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 9, 2018

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.

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Q: My husband child support case is out of Connecticut but we live in rhode island does ri have to enforce ct order
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 28, 2018

You can register your order for enforcement in Rhode Island. Any one of our practicing family court attorneys can assist you in this procedure.

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Q: Pregnant and the Father who makes good money, wants nothing to do with the baby. How can I get child support
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on May 28, 2018

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... Read more »

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Q: Mother has taken full sole custody. How is she able to still take me for child support?
Randi Sirlin
Randi Sirlin answered on Apr 19, 2018

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!

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: Is there such a thing as shared physical placement in RI?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 2, 2018

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.

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

He paid child support each month and there is no court order. She has sent him nasty txt msg about me to him and said it’s personal that’s why she is not letting him see his son. He has little money to pay a lawyer we need help. This poor little boy needs a relationship w his dad!!!

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2018

He should meet with an attorney. It's not your child. You should not be involved.

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

He is doing 20 with 10 tp serve for soliciting a minor. She will be 19 when he gets out. He is behind over 1500 already. Hasnt seen or spoken to her in 2 years.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 15, 2018

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.

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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
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Rhode Island on
Q: my boyfriend is paying so much in child support that our own suffers. I don't know what to do to change this.

He pays an astronomical amount in child support and it is making our own son suffer. We have come close to losing our apartment, have had to utilize food banks. The state uses his whole income before tax, and they do not count child support, so I do not qualify for any services. This means no... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

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.

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