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The Basics of Child Support by J. Anthony Licciardello, CDFA
Nothing creates more confusion and anxiety than the possibility of paying or receiving income in the form of spousal support (alimony) and child support. These money transfers can make or break the financial life of either spouse if they are not implemented fairly in a divorce settlement.
How is Rhode Island (RI) Child Support determined in divorce cases, paternity cases, and child visitation cases? In most cases, it is set by the" Rhode Island Family Court Child Support Formula and Guidelines. In the vast majority of cases in Rhode Island, the minimum Rhode Island Child Support Guideline amount is used.
Child support may be modified after one of three circumstances occur. In Rhode Island, child support is based on the parties income and available resources support and that information, along with some other factors such as daycare costs, medical insurance costs, or the number of other minor children a party is responsible for, is what is plugged into the "guidelines" to calculate child support.
Child Support Contempt in Rhode Island by David S. Slepkow, Esq.
If a person violates a Rhode Island Family Court order by not paying child support, the parent with physical custody may file a motion to hold that person in contempt for failure to pay child support. A person accused of not paying child support has a right to a hearing.
How is Child support modified in Rhode Island divorce and family law cases? Child support in Rhode Island is not automatically modified when there is a change in circumstances. The parent must file a motion to modify child support. When a motion for modification of child support is filed a court date will be set by the clerk of the Rhode Island Family Court. In order to modify child support there must be a substantial change in circumstances.
How is Rhode Island Child Support determined in divorce cases, paternity cases, child support cases and child visitation cases? In most cases, child support is determined by the "Rhode Island Family Court Child Support Formula and Guidelines". In the vast majority of child support cases in Rhode Island, the minimum Rhode Island child support guideline amount is used to determine child support.
In Rhode Island (RI) Divorce and Child support cases, Can I get the father or mother of my child to be ordered to pay for private school education? No, unless there is a contractual obligation, a stipulated consent order or there is an ongoing divorce.
In Rhode Island child support does not automatically terminate when a child reaches 18 years old! Termination of a child support order is not automatic in Rhode Island! A child support order / obligation will only terminate if a motion to terminate child support is granted by a Judge of The Rhode Island Family Court.
Rhode Island Child Support Law FAQS by David S. Slepkow, Esq.
The Rhode Island minimum child support guidelines take into account both the importance and expense of daycare. The child support guidelines and worksheet are used to determine the proper amount of child support to be paid by the non-possessory parent.

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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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