Rhode Island Child Custody

The Rhode Island Family Court requires all divorcing parents with minor children to attend a seminar entitled “Divided Yet United,” which is designed to further support young children and help parents put their children first throughout the divorce process. All too often adults lose sight of the magnitude of the loss children feel when their parents separate. Staying in an unhealthy or unhappy marital relationship is not necessarily any better for young children. But parents, in their own emotional unrest, often fail to realize that their children are suffering as well.

Divorcing adults need to focus on custody issues carefully. After getting the information you need from an experienced Rhode Island divorce lawyer, you will be better able to help your children understand what will happen, and why. Discussing arrangements with those children who are old enough to understand, and comforting younger ones, is very important to the emotional health of everyone involved in the divorce.

Older children may want to be involved in the decisions of where they live and how often they visit with the absent parent. Younger ones will be relieved to know that they will not be “losing” a parent, and will still be able to see and talk to the absent parent whenever they want.

The Rhode Island Family Court has very clear guidelines where children are concerned. The court takes child support obligations very seriously, and bases support on financial percentages for divorcing parents. The Family Court does not grant custody of minor children solely to mothers anymore, as fathers are having more influence in the care of their children.

In most cases where both parents are stable and healthy, joint custody of the children is awarded to the divorcing parents. Physical placement of minor children is based on a variety of factors, including where the children want to live, who is best able to care for the children, and who will be remaining in the marital domicile.

Rhode Island law also states that the Family Court in nearly all circumstances should grant to the non-custodial parent reasonable visitation schedules. Typically, parents are free to visit with their children at times that are mutually agreed to by both parents. It is best when parents can agree on a visitation schedule without fighting over visitation rights and involving a Rhode Island child custody lawyer.

However, when animosity between divorcing parents is high and they have trouble communicating, resolving visitation issues outside of Family Court is next to impossible. In other instances, the conduct of one of the parents is so disruptive that limited or supervised visitation is required to protect a child.

The custody and visitation laws in Rhode Island can be complicated and confusing. If you are getting a divorce and have child custody or child support issues, you should consult with an experienced Rhode Island child custody attorney for advice on fully protecting your interests in the divorce proceeding.

Contact Rhode Island Child Custody Lawyer Rui P. Alves for a free initial consultation about your legal rights at 401.273.7171 or ralves@bartongilman.com.