Rhode Island Family Law Questions & Answers

Q: Which Rhode Island court do I petition to unseal documents related to my paternity?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Gov & Administrative Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 28, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
Dual citizenship is a special status and probably worth investing with an attorney to assist you. Your chances of success will be much better with a professional advocating on your behalf.

Q: Can I travel on vacation with my daughter without my husbands consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
This question gives rise to so many more questions. Are there court orders to the contrary? Is there a divorce pending in the court? Do you have a lawyer? Have you read the automatic orders of the family court? Why does your husband not consent to his daughter having a vacation with her mother ? Is there a chance that this is not a vacation where he might be able to allege parental kidnapping? Rather than reveal ANY of that information here in a PUBLIC forum, make an appointment to meet with...

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: My ex has filed contempt charges in our child custody. Not sure how to answer

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Neville Bedford's answer
A lawyer is what you need to assist you. You may qualify for a reduced fee attorney through the bar association, or a no cost attorney through legal services.

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: My ex and I signed an agreement that we would not have an overnight Guest of the opposite sex with our daughter present

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Check with your attorney. If you don't have one, it would be a great idea to meet with one to address custody, support, and visitation with enforceable orders.

Q: In Rhode Island is defendant required to respond to divorce petition in 20 days or does he actually have until nominal

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
The deadline may be extended for good cause or sua sponte by the court.

Q: Pregnant again after 5 years since my son was taken and adopted in 2016 can I keep this baby if I have my own place

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 19, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may have a flag in the DCYF system. If they open a case for this child retain an attorney to assist you.

Q: Ex has our daughter. Refusing to give he to me

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Sep 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
It's nary impossible to determine whom may be lying about what on the scant information provided. If you are working with an attorney in your DCYF case, contact them. If you can afford to hire your own attorney, that is a great idea. There should also be a social worker assigned to the case that you may be able to speak with.

Q: How can I prevent my daughter from seeing her biological father?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Help your wife hire an attorney to best advocate for the interests of the child. There will likely be DNA testing and multiple court hearings required.

Q: I need to file an answer to a family court summons. What is the wording and who/where do I send it?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jul 18, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
If you choose to represent yourself, you shall be obligated to do the appropriate responses for yourself. If you have no objection to the motion, you should have both probably asked your attorney to prepare the agreement for you and save yourself the time off work to go to court.

Q: How do I find out if there is still a restraining order in place again someone charged with child molestation

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
You may find the information you seek on the public portal. https://publicportal.courts.ri.gov/PublicPortal/

Q: Emergency custody

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Jun 9, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
The best way to file your motion is with the assistance of a practicing family law attorney. Depending on the time that your child has been with their paternal grandmother, the judge may not consider it an emergency. So, make an appointment to meet with a family lawyer to prepare the documents to allow the judge to hear the case presented professionally to enhance your chances for your desired outcome.

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: I received a letter of zero delinquency notice does this mean my balance to child support is 0

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 28, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
This sounds like a Connecticut case. Try re-posting your question there.

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: I was involved in a domestic relationship when I was pregnant he put his hands on me and was controlling I never report

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
It’s not too late. But you need to consult with a family law attorney. If he is the father of your child, you stills have the right to mak the court aware of his behavior and to ask for limits or restrictions on visitation with your child. You should contact a lawyer ASAP. Good luck.

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