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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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A Note on Abandonment

My Family Court firm has had a surge of calls about divorcing parties regarding what constitutes abandonment. Abandonment in the context of a R.I. divorce action means specifically an allegation that one parent voluntarily left the marital home where at…

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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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Do Not Spit on Your Spouse

Actress Christina Ricci has filed for divorce (and a restraining order) from her spouse of seven years James Heerdegen, claiming that the idiot allegedly spit at her. The police were called, but not arrests were made. Christina Ricci, perhaps best…

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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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