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Divorce Without an Attorney

Will you be able to divorce without having to hire (or worse) talk to an attorney?  Are you that lucky?  Maybe, maybe not ... ?! Here are some thoughts for my pro-se Divorce-I-Y’ers. As ever, I practice in teeny little…

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Listen (a rant)

Can I be candid with you a moment; I need you to listen carefully. No?  I will anyway.  You need it! You are a poor listener. I will never in a million light years understand why, when someone calls my…

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The Family Court Chambers Conference

The Family Court chambers conference is a unique instrument that can be of exceptional benefit to you, your family, and your case if used correctly. During your Family Court appearance, you will notice at the calendar call that the attorneys…

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Fired in Family Court

When a Family Court attorney fires her client – or is fired by her client – the relationship lives on as some kind of radioactive toxic zombie, shambling forward on pleadings, phone calls and court appearances.  It is not ……

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I Need My Judge to Know…

Something to know before you stroll into the Rhode Island Family Court for your date with a judge.  You will see misery, crying, screaming, and a fist fight.  You will see a couple get into a fight and then make-up…

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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 Think My Judge Doesn’t Like Me

After a rather heated and pathetic exchange in open court in a recent divorce action involving such matters as temporary alimony, a rabid skunk, bankruptcy, lingerie and bank fraud the judge became (understandably) disgusted and walked off the bench leaving…

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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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