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Should I Seek Alimony?

When you are deciding whether to seek alimony from your spouse in a divorce action consider three things: 1.  What are my future needs? The judge will consider your current employment, if any, and your chances of meaningful, future employment. …

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I HAVE AN EMERGENCY!

Many people who are filing with the Family Court feel as though they have a genuine emergency.  For the most part, they are mistaken. When you file your case in the RI Family Court, you are given a court date…

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Childish.

What follows is the worst fu*(&ng phone call from child custody clients (and that is really, really saying something):  "My four-year-old told me she would rather live with me.  So we don't need to go to court anymore and I win,…

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“Visitation Isn’t Free”

(by guest blogger) I observed something troubling in family court today. A mom and her attorney had just come out of a mediation.  They were loudly discussing what had just happened with the mediator, ex-husband, and opposing counsel. (A note…

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Oh, you have text messages??

Painful truth – you overvalue the text messages, voicemails, secret recordings and videos you have taken of your significant other showing him or her high / drunk / dangling from a bridge or involved in illegal activity.  Meaning – your…

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Get Out of My Courtroom

A fellow Family Law attorney told the following anecdote, and I think it encapsulates the Family Court experience (n.b. “standing” means the right to bring a case, i.e. either parent of a child has standing to file a custody case…

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