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Establishing Paternity in Rhode Island

For many families, when a baby is born, there is no question over whose names will go on the birth certificate. In Rhode Island, when the parents are married to each other at the time of the baby’s birth, the husband is considered the child’s legal father and his name will go on the birth Read More

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Calculating Child Support in Rhode Island

When a couple divorces, there are many issues that need to be resolved related to their children’s care. These issues include child custody, parenting time, and child support. Child support is the money that one parent pays to the other parent to help cover the costs of caring for their child. Usually, the parent who Read More

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Preparing for a Divorce Deposition

A divorce can go one of two ways. Either both parties are able to amicably work together and come to a fair and just agreement as to how child custody, asset and property division, spousal support, and other issues should be resolved or there are issues they cannot agree on and their divorce must be Read More

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Should You Fight for the House in a Divorce?

For many couples who are divorcing, one of the biggest assets they own is usually the family home. As part of the marital estate, a decision will need to be made about what to do with that asset – either one of the spouses will retain sole ownership of the property or the couple will Read More

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Is a Divorce Mediation the Right Choice for You?

For many people, the word “divorce” brings up images of a couple battling it out, fighting over who gets custody of the children, who gets the family home, and other issues like alimony and child support. While it is true that some couples who make the decision to end their marriage are at a high Read More

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Filling out FAFSA Applications When Parents Are Divorced

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the application used by all two and four-year colleges, universities, and career schools for awarding federal, state, and school-funded student aid. Anyone who has ever filled out a FAFSA form can likely attest to how overwhelming it may feel. Afterall, this is the document that will Read More

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Communicating With Your Ex About COVID-19 Custody Issues

During a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic, family becomes more important than ever, especially for children whose schedules have been disrupted by long-term school closures and the cancellation of other activities. Parents who are divorced or live apart for other reasons know the importance of maintaining healthy communication through difficult situations. Though this situation Read More

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Tips When Divorcing a Self-Employed Spouse

When a married couple has filed for divorce in Rhode Island, there are a variety of issues that may need to be resolved to end the marriage, such as child custody, division of assets and property, child support, and spousal support. Each spouse’s income plays a significant role in determining how these issues will be Read More

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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem in a Custody Case

When a family court judge needs to decide how custody should be divided between two parents, that decision is made based on the best interest of the child standard. In the best interest of the child means the judge will decide what type of custody plan best encourages and fosters the child’s emotional and physical Read More

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