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The R.I. Uniform Parentage Act

The R.I. House & Senate have now passed a final version of the R.I.U.P.A., or Rhode Island Uniform Parentage Act.  Governor Raimondo is expected to sign the legislation, which will allow for same-sex couples who have a child via surrogacy,…

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{S} ex-Parte?!

As I waited in line at the Family Court clerk's office to file an ex-parte case with the patience of a Nichiren Buddhist monk, the gentleman and scholar directly in front of me was having himself a moment.  Causing quite…

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Answers

Ever since my business signed up for some bad ass digital marketing with Infuzion Marketing I have been getting a whole lot of calls at my office ( ... and I am eternally grateful for every single one of those calls. …

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The Race to the Bottom (of Hell)

I have entered into a child custody case.  Or at least, it is a child custody case at heart.  Unfortunately for the parties, the judge, and most importantly me, it has begun as a restraining order.  The custody merits will…

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Passenger Side Punching Bag

Family law attorneys are professional bad guys (and gals). What with the black cowboy hat and patchy sideburns we gum a broken cigar between our lips and let our three-day-stubble do the talking. If you meet your family law attorney…

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The Parent Signal

Today's parents already wear many hats: nurse, teacher, spiritual guide, saucier, confidante, cheerleader, janitor, exorcist, on and on. Modern parents navigating a bitter divorce find themselves in an impossible situation.  Bestselling books and Ph.D. theses have been written about the…

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Communicate!

Months into a contested custody case I have (I represent the mother), opposing party (father) racked up his second DUI by wrapping his car around a utility pole.  Mercifully, the child was not in the car at the time.  But…

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Ode to Coconuts

The RI Family Court used to have a judge (now retired) who would quickly lose his temper with parties or lawyers in a divorce action who were fighting needlessly when no minor children were involved. “You two can’t divide the…

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Cat Farts & Patchouli

The attorney-client relationship in the RI family court is … strange.  You need the exact right kind of lawyer for you.  Every attorney is a unique dandelion, but here are a few common types to look out for.  Choose which…

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