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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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You Need a Divorce Dolphin!

People first shopping for a family law attorney in their state never consider the value of a dolphin, everyone wants (or at least they think they want) a shark.  Everyone wants a shark, right?!  That’s how those moms in TV…

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Can My Spouse Pay for My Divorce?

A wonderful woman came into my office last week, a victim of abuse who had been cornered and stuck in her marriage for far too long.  Her spouse was emotionally and psychologically abusive, was controlling every aspect of her life. …

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What If, Though, Ya Know?

Hypotheticals.  Beloved tool of Socrates.  Scourge of any Family Court attorney. "What if my husband moves some new chick into the home?  Huh?  Didya think of that?  That whore.  What the hell am I gonna tell my eight-year-old?"  {*n.b. these…

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I Think My Judge Doesn’t Like Me

After a rather heated and pathetic exchange in open court in a recent divorce action involving such matters as temporary alimony, a rabid skunk, bankruptcy, lingerie and bank fraud the judge became (understandably) disgusted and walked off the bench leaving…

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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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