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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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Toddler Trouble

Consider this worst-case scenario.  You are a new parent of a very young child.  You are doing your best, but you are on your own and (let’s all face it) there is a learning curve to all parenting.  You try…

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Re: Restraining Orders

If you are the victim of domestic violence, or are reasonably in imminent fear that abuse or violence will be inflicted upon you or your children by a spouse, ex-spouse, partner, or anyone with whom you have a "significant romantic…

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What Does Child Support Cover, Anyway?

In R.I., child support is carefully modulated by the General Assembly to help with the minor child’s food, clothing, and shelter.  Food.  Clothing.  Shelter.  Therefore, if a non-custodial parent pays his (let’s say his for this hypothetical) child support consistently,…

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What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem is an attorney who represents the child, and only the child.  She is not beholden to either party and is thus independent of the burden of having a paying client to impress. Mother’s attorney is expected…

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I Need All the Custody

There are two kinds of custody, depending on where you live.  Brief tutorial. Where I practice, in the great State of Rhode Island, “custody” means the right to remain informed of the child’s significant life events and be reasonably informed…

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