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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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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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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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