Rhode Island Child Custody Lawyer
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As difficult as it is to separate from your spouse, nothing can be more
difficult, and nothing can be more important, than arrangements made that
relate to your children. Unfortunately, divorcing couples oftentimes clash
the hardest over the custody of their children, resulting in long and
complex legal struggles that can take a serious emotional toll. If you
are worried about losing custody of your children in a
divorce, it is imperative that you consult with a skilled Rhode Island divorce
attorney from TJC ESQ as soon as possible.
Rhode Island family lawyers understand what your children mean to you, and we are prepared to go to
great lengths to protect your right to maintain an active presence in
their lives. Since 1984, we have served the state of Rhode Island with
compassionate legal counsel and steadfast dedication, shown by our 10.0
Superb Avvo rating and our
Super Lawyers® designation. With our firm’s assistance, you can rest easy knowing
that your custody battle is in good hands.
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Balanced Child Custody Solutions
As a leading Rhode Island child custody attorney, firm founder
Timothy Conlon represents both mothers and fathers in issues involving sole and joint
custody of children. Under Rhode Island law, child custody is determined
according to the best interests of the child, along with consideration
given to other key factors.
The presiding judge will consider all of the following in their decision:
- The wishes of the parents
- The preferences of the child
- The relationship between the child and parents
- The health of all involved parties
- The level of adjustment required for the child
- The stability of the home environment
When possible, we will assist you in formulating and negotiating custody
arrangements that both you and your spouse are comfortable with. By collaborating
with each other, it is possible that you can avoid the need for court
involvement. We recognize, however, that sometimes agreements cannot be
reached. In these instances, we are prepared to work closely with you
to present your case before the Rhode Island Family Court. It is best
that you consult with our firm to assess your situation and establish
a plan of action.
Types of Custody and Parenting Plans
Child custody agreements can be more complicated than they seem on the
surface. Most parents will understandably want to have custody of their
child but may not realize that custody is divided into two distinct forms,
and each one of those split again into two levels of responsibility. When
you consider your child custody agreement, which is sometimes synonymous
with a parenting plan, you should first know the details of all forms
The two forms of child custody recognized in Rhode Island are:
Physical: Determines where the child will live on a regular basis.
Legal: Determines which parent can make important life decisions for the child.
The two levels of responsibility in Rhode Island legislation are:
Full: One parent has final say in all decisions and the child only lives with
them, whereas the other parent has no legal say in decisions and only
sees the child during visitation schedules.
Joint: Each parent can influence the major life decisions of the child and so
both must agree before a choice is made, and the child lives with each
Example: You are granted full physical custody and joint legal custody
of your child. In this scenario, your child will only live with you but
before you make significant choices for your child – such as what
religion they practice or what medical treatments they receive –
you must discuss them with your ex-spouse.
Paternity Actions in Your Child Custody Case
A man who is not the biological father of a child may lose some of their
inherit rights to see or raise a child during a custody hearing. If this
is called into question, either spouse can file a paternity action, or
an establishment hearing, to determine fatherhood with certainty. DNA
tests conducted in a modern day laboratory are considered to be foolproof.
If the father in the custody hearing is proven to not be the biological
father, this does not automatically disqualify him from receiving any
physical or legal custody, as equitable parent statutes could show that
he has put in full effort to be the true father of the child. (See our blog entry about
de facto parent claims for more information.)
Retain Top-Rated Legal Counsel Today
In this area of the law, the result of your case directly depends on the
skill of your attorney and the quality of your legal representation. With
more than 30 years of experience assisting clients and working on behalf
of their families, our leading family law attorney Timothy J. Conlon is
a reliable legal professional who can protect your legal rights and those
of your children. At TJC ESQ, maintaining the wellbeing of our clients
is our top priority, and we are fully prepared to go the distance on your
behalf. Your children are of utmost importance – make sure they
Contact us online today and let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.