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Child Custody & Visitation
The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has been consistent about delineating the factors that The Rhode Island Family Court must analyze in determining Rhode Island Child Custody Cases. Child Custody battles in Rhode Island usually occur in the context of Divorce cases, Post Divorce cases or Miscellaneous Petitions between non married parents seeking custody.
Here is the situation: You have been separated from your spouse for two years, and have just filed for divorce and your first hearing for child support is a week away. You are living with the love of your life (not your spouse). Your children live with you and are happy. All seems fine. What could go wrong?
Many states have differing terminology for legal and physical custody. In Rhode Island, legal custody is the ability to have input in major life decisions of the children in question. A person with "sole custody" has sole legal custody, and does not need to include the other parent in the decision making process things like health, education, or religious upbringing issues of the children.
Rhode Island provides for temporary or permanent alimony. The court, in making a decision, considers the earning capacity of the spouse receiving alimony, the income of the spouse paying, education and skills, which spouse spent a majority of time as a homemaker, and the time and expense required for the receiving spouse to undergo education or training to improve employment possibilities.
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"A Plain English Guide to Protecting Your Children"
Author: Mary L. Boland, Attorney at Law
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