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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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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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Good Lawyering and Bad Parenting

Don’t ask if your child can speak to the judge.  Your child doesn’t want to talk to your judge and your judge doesn’t want to have to talk to your child.  Don’t put your kid in a situation like that.  You’re only job…

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