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Let’s Forget Thanksgiving

Everyone has experienced 2020 a little bit differently.  I fully realize that my year, fraught though it has been with business interruptions, cash flow concerns, the closing of cinemas, general isolation, listening to too many podcasts and concerns for friends…

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How Do I Explain This to Our Child?

Telling a parent not to discuss a pending divorce, post-divorce, or child custody proceeding in the R.I. Family Court is easy advice to give.  And like all easy advice it is freely given. Adhering to that advice is more complicated.…

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My Child Found a Corpse!

Parents who suffer a bitter break-up often struggle to communicate as well as they would like, or as their child may require. To the parents, this is a natural fact of life.  After all, for every reaction there is an…

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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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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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