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Obtained Placement for Father
We obtained placement for a father where the custodial parent had continuously
violated Court orders regarding the child, after contested hearings for
contempt. Since the child's removal, mother has conceded that the
child is doing wonderfully with father and that it is 'the best place' for him.
Tim gave a national teleconference on Discovery in Divorce that was simulcast
through West LegalEdcenter as a webcast.
Comments on the presentation included the following:
Secured custody and possession of a nine-year old boy, and his return to
a father in Rhode Island, after mother removed the child from Rhode Island
in violation of Court Orders.
Iraq Veteran Transitioned to Shared Placement of Children
Represented a veteran returning from Iraq to transition his visitation
back to shared placement of his children as he progressed with counseling
and treatment for PTSD.
Serving as Commissioner (Current Case)
Presently serving as commissioner to supervise the division of an extensive
sports memorabilia collection, including hundreds of unique and valuable
signed items from New England sports legends.
Residential Care Secured for Adopted Child
Assisting a mother who adopted an child who was sexually abused as an infant
in securing appropriate residential care for the child
Helped Father Gain Physical Placement of Children
In January 2015, we helped a Father gain physical placement of his two
children, in connection with a divorce. Prior to being in father's
care the parties' daughter was struggling with truancy and disciplinary
issues and was at risk of being placed by DCYF.
Father Awarded Parenting Time
In January 2015, a mother filed a petition seeking sole custody and placement
of her two children. Representing the father, we were able to establish
an order whereby Father, who was previously being denied visitation, now
has parenting time
every weekend and for half of the children's school vacations and holidays.
The father also has a right of first refusal if the mother is going to
be away from the children for more than three hours at a time.
Reduced Child Support Obligations Granted to Father
In December 2014, we helped a father lower his child support obligation
by $200 per month and entered an order requiring his wife to pay one-half
of their eldest child's college tuition.
Mother Successfully Relocated to Florida with Children
In October 2014, we helped a mother successfully relocate to Florida with
her children. The mother reports the children are thriving in their new
schools and enjoying life in Florida.
Enforced Child Support Payments for Mother
In October 2014, we helped a mother who had not received child support
in more than a year secure an order requiring her child's father to
pay support and contribute to the cost of the child's preschool and
medical expenses. We were also able to have the father's wages garnished
each week to ensure the mother received payment.
Crafted Comprehensive Parenting Plan
In September 2014 we were able to craft a comprehensive parenting plan
whereby any changes and/or requests regarding the children had to be communicated
via email and a failure to respond was deemed to be consent. This arrangement
proved to be successful where the other parent routinely failed to communicate
regarding the children. We were also able to secure sole control for the
father regarding a child's prescription medications, where the child
has been recently hospitalized in Bradley and mother has exhibited resistance
to the child taking medication.
Prevented Absentee Father from Gaining Placement
In June 2014, a previously absentee father who had moved out of state was
seeking placement of his child. We were not only able to stop the father
from gaining placement but entered an order limiting the father's
visitation with the child to visits
in Rhode Island.
Regular Contact and Visitation Granted to Mother
In June 2014, we were able to establish regular Skype contact as well as
a visitation schedule for a mother who lived in New York and whose ex-husband
had been denying her visitation for more than one year. Mother was granted
most of the summer with the child as well as alternating school vacations
and holidays in New York, and additional visits in the child's home
state. We were also able to establish an order that the father, who had
previously been making the mother do all of the driving for the visitation,
meet her halfway between their respective home states.
Mother Reunited with Newborn Daughter
In June 2014, we helped a mother who had been removed from her home by
DCYF, reunite with her newborn daughter.
Visitation Rights Granted to Grandmotherr
In March 2014 we secured visitation for a grandmother who was being denied
visitation with her granddaughter due to a dispute between the child's
parents (her son and the child's mother). We were able to get the
grandmother visitation at a minimum of one weekend per month from Friday
through Sunday as well as one week for vacation in the summer.
Visitation Arrangement Negotiated for Grandfather
In May 2013, we were able to negotiate a visitation arrangement, including
overnight visitation, for a grandfather who was being denied visitation
with his grandson.
Child Support and Visitation Negotiated for Father
In August 2013, we were able to get an order lowering a father's child
support amount to accurately reflect his income. We were also able to
straighten out a past accounting issue with Child Support Enforcement
that could have led to the father losing his license.
In July 2014, we were able to negotiate a visitation schedule for this
father, who lived out of state, that resulted to the child traveling to
visit with his father for Christmas vacation as well as most of the summer.
Helped Marine Establish Court-Ordered Schedule for His Son
We helped a Marine stationed in South Carolina to establish a court-ordered
schedule for his son to travel from Newport, Rhode Island, for visitation.
We secured dismissal of a domestic assault charge lodged by a parent that
wanted to change custody to increase welfare benefits.
We obtained orders requiring the valuation of a family jewelry business
in Westerly, Rhode Island as part of a divorce.
Finalized Reorganization of Couple’s Family Business
Tim finalized reorganization of a couple's family businesses, structuring
long-term benefits for one spouse, collateralized with stock pledges.
Client Released from a Limited Partnership Holding Colorado Real Estate
We handled a work-out releasing a client from a limited partnership holding
Colorado real estate that had been mis-managed by client's former
spouse, relieving her of a potential six-figure deficiency claim.
We enforced a Rhode Island pre-nuptial agreement to bar a Brazilian national
from pressing foreign alimony claims, and protect the client from enforcement
of any judgment obtained in Brazil that violated the pre-nuptial agreement.
Heroux v Carpentier, et al
Rhode Island Superior Court litigation stating claims against a Rhode Island
priest and the diocesan hierarchy for child sexual abuse, and raising
claims of fraud and concealment on the part of the hierarchy. This is
one of at least 30 such cases presently before the Rhode Island Superior
Court. Mr. Conlon chairs the Plaintiffs' Counsel Committee.
Documents referenced in the complaint prepared by Attorney Richard Cappalli
and Attorney Conlon regarding the prior knowledge of Rhode Island's
bishops also are available for public review.
Smith v O'Connell, et al
Federal Court litigation stating claims against a now-deceased Rhode Island
priest and the diocesan hierarchy for child sexual abuse. This litigation
involves the validity of the Church's assertion of "first amendment"
protection from child sexual abuse claims, the "repressed memory"
issue as it relates to adult claims of child sexual abuse, the "false
memory syndrome" defense to such claims, and allegations of fraud
and concealment on the part of the diocesan hierarchy. Plaintiffs are
pursuing appeals from a district court ruling that their conditions as
a result of sexual abuse did not "disable" them for the purposes
of Rhode Island's statute of limitations tolling provision, G.L 1956
(1997 Reenactment) §9-1-17.
In re: Donald G., et al
Family Court litigation on behalf of all children placed by the RI Department
for Children, Youth and Their Families in a locked residential treatment
facility operated by a private corporation. This litigation led to a Rhode
Island Family Court consent decree freeing 14 status offenders from confinement
in the facility, and establishing standards that still govern the detention
and treatment of juvenile non-offenders and status offenders.
***** and ***** v. D'Amario
Family Court litigation on behalf of a mother and father of a special needs
child alleging traumatization of the child by the State Department for
Children, Youth and Families. Litigation resulted in an injunction restricting
the state child welfare agency's contact with the child, and yielded
a 95 page report recommending systemic changes in training of child abuse
Gill v. Gelineau, et al, Doe v. Gelineau, et al; Doe v. Gelineau, et al; Roe v. Gelineau, et al
Counsel of record for 4 children and the families of three of those children
in pending civil actions arising out of allegations of ongoing sexual
abuse, and failure to report same in a defunct orphanage formerly operated
by a corporation under the aegis of the Diocese of Providence.
Tavano v. Messa et, al; LaFlamme v. Messa, et, al; and Ferrara v. Messa, et, al
Companion civil actions brought on behalf of child victims and their families
against Thomas Messa, a former Providence School teacher convicted of
six counts of second degree child molestation, and various administrators
in the Providence school system for negligence in their supervision of Messa.
Doe v. McKenna et, al;
A related matter arising out of negligent supervision of Messa. In a ten-page
decision released May 8, Superior Court Judge Alice Gibney referenced
repeated incidents, years before Messa's arrest, in which school officials
learned that Messa had been accused of touching students on the rear end
or in the private parts. These incidents were not reported by school officials,
or documented in Messa's personnel file. Judge Gibney therefore rejected
Ricci's argument for immunity and summary judgment.
Croce v. RCA Service Corp., et al;
Irons v. RCA Service Corp., et al;
Maldavir v. RCA Corp., et al
Companion civil actions pursued on behalf of former residents of a private
residential treatment center formerly located in Cranston, RI.
Nadeau v. Nadeau
The firm represents a father in Rhode Island trial court and appellate
proceedings arising out of an interstate contested custody matter with
crossing allegations of psychological abuse. In an eighteen page decision
released July 21, the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the Parental
Kidnapping Prevention Act prohibits mother from removing children from
the jurisdiction, alleging abuse, and then maintaining out-of-state custody
proceedings. Trial is anticipated in August of 1998.
Herbert R. v. Barbara R.
Attorney Conlon was brought in after a hearing on the merits divided 13.5
million dollars '50/50,' and used computer forensics to document
substantial investment assets that were not divided. Although the party
that failed to disclose these assets claimed they had only 'speculative
value,' a review of computer files revealed detailed net worth statements
prepared by that party in advance of the divorce showing the marital estate
at roughly 24 million.
The innocent party was awarded 55% of the whole, and counsel fees as a result.
Attorney Conlon has presented several seminars for attorneys on the use
of computers in litigation, and electronic discovery and computer evidence
in Divorce and Family Law.
Business Buy Out
We represented a shareholder in a successful liquor business during his
divorce, and when it sold, though a closing that released stock restrictions
used to secure the former spouse to allow the third party buy out.
Hidden Asset Case
Originally settled as uncontested by another attorney, were brought in
by wife’s trial counsel when undisclosed assets ($75,000) were uncovered
We discovered $13 million in assets that had not been distributed in the
divorce. Negotiated settlement for 55% of the entire ($25 million) estate.
Secured payments for counsel fees, accounting fees and computer forensics
When he didn’t pay, we arranged for seizure of boat ($1.2 million)
in Turkey to collect funds.
Protected Spousal Interests in Business
Negotiated to protect spousal interests in successful Rhode Island business,
working within existing stock restrictions to secure employment for divorcing
spouse pending equitable distribution. Later retained to negotiate collateralized
buy out of the employment package, and stock buy out (3.95M)
Successfully Recovered Funds Improperly Transferred by Husband
Successfully recovered $300k, improperly transferred by Husband to a family
member during divorce
Secured order allowing recovered funds to be used for support of client
and the parties’ son during pendency of proceedings.
Business Woman Taken in by Foreign National
A successful Rhode Island business woman was taken in by a foreign national
who moved hundreds of thousands of dollars offshore during a short term marriage
We freed her business interests from claims by the Husband and secured
her 100% of the remaining assets in the US
Achieved the Return of an 8 Year Old Boy, Removed from the State in Violation of Family Court Orders
Secured the return of an 8 year old boy, removed by the then custodial
parent from the state of Rhode Island in violation of Family Court orders
Upon recommendation of a guardian ad litem, the child now resides with client
Successfully Dismissed Sexual Violence Charges Against Father
Brought in as co-counsel to represent father in obtaining placement of
4 children, where father was wrongfully accused of sexual violence against
mother during divorce, in order to gain leverage in the Family Court.
Father now has placement and criminal charges are dismissed
Secured Return of Child Who Was at Risk of Being Removed from the Country
We helped secure the return of a child who Dad believed was at risk of
being removed from the country. Less than 24 hours from the date of our
initial contact with Dad we were able to secure an emergency order granting
dad sole custody and physical possession of the child, restraining and
enjoining mom from removing the child from the State of Rhode Island or
the borders of the United States, and authorizing law enforcement to assist
in securing the surrender of the child to dad immediately. We utilized
a private investigator, local and federal law enforcement, contacts at
the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children, and the US Department
of State to locate mom and the child, put “flags” on their
passports to prevent them from leaving the country.
Helped Mother Secure Placement of her Minor Children
Round 1 – Helped a mother secure placement of her minor children
with limited visitation for dad based on a history of psychological abuse
by dad as well as get an order that dad reimburse her for approximately
$40,000 in educational, medical and extracurricular expenses relative
to the children.
Round 2 – Helped mom modify the existing visitation schedule so she
could successfully relocate to Florida with the children. Mom reports
the children are thriving in their new home.
Negotiated Visitation Arrangement for a Grandfather
We were able to negotiate a visitation arrangement, including overnight
visitation, for a grandfather who was being denied visitation with his grandson.
Represented Grandmother for Best Interest of Child While Pending Mom's DCYF Case.
Represented a grandmother in connection with a DCYF matter. We successfully
argued the grandmother had a right to be heard regarding the best interests
of the child given she was a relative who had provided care for the child.
The child was placed with Grandma pending mom’s completion of DCYF’s
Secured Visitation for Grandmother being Denied Visitation with Granddaughter
We secured visitation for a grandmother who was being denied visitation
with her granddaughter due to a dispute between the child’s parents
(her son and the child’s mother). We were able to secure the grandmother
regular overnight as well extended summer visitation.
Special Needs Adoption Threatened DCYF Case
A special needs adoption was jeopardized by a DCYF investigation that went
off the rails
We brought an Family Court action that lead to a 100 page expert report
(paid for by the Department) that exonerated the parents, called for upgrades
to DCYF training and reforms of the system.
The child was able to remain with the preadoptive parents through adulthood
Angry Daughter Claimed 'Abuse'
A doctor – when an angry teenage daughter claimed ‘abuse’
Years after the spat, and the case was resolved the daughter subsequently
hired us to represent her!
Resolved Difficult Divorce Regarding Funding Costs for Autistic Child
We resolved a difficult divorce that had been hung up over the funding
oftreatment costs for an autistic child, and the division of a stock option buy out.
Obtained Protective Order for Innocent Spouse
We obtained a protective order for an 'innocent spouse' whose husband
had run up $40,000 in unfunded (and undisclosed) tax liabilities.
Used Information to Shut Down Hundreds of Thousands in Offshore Transfers
We identified and documented hundreds of thousands in offshore transfers
- and used the information to shut down access to all remaining US funds.
Helped Place Student with School After Incident With Teacher
We helped a student get placement out of her school district for the new
school year after an incident with her teacher.
Helped Marine Achieve Custody of his Daughter
We helped a marine stationed in California get custody and emergency placement
of his daughter in Rhode Island.
Met with Accountants for Local Oral Surgeon
We met with accountants for a local oral surgeon to review practice buy-in
documents as an alternative to the expense of valuation of a dental practice
in a divorce.
Collected Payment From a Former Spouse Who Had Failed to Pay
We collected $875,000 for a California woman from a former spouse who had
failed to pay a Family Court judgment - and then used the money he owed
her to build himself a house in Greece.
Emergency Order to Back Up Computers to Secure Data
We obtained an emergency order authorizing the immediate back up of computers
at a Rhode Island based business to secure data regarding substantial
international dealings, and then supervised a data forensics team's
overnight shut down and imaging of the company's servers.
Helped Mother With Immediate Return of Child Held in Violation of Court Order
We helped a mother obtain police assistance to secure the immediate return
of a 15-month old child held in violation of a Court order.
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