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Interstate and International Custody and Visitation

Rhode Island Child Custody Lawyer: 401-400-4254

In matters of divorce or separation, custody disputes often involve parents living in different states. Given that custody disputes now often involve parents residing in different states, Interstate and International Custody or interstate visitation litigation may be necessary.

Knowledgeable advice and representation from an experienced Rhode Island child custody attorney often makes the difference in reaching a fair, mutually satisfactory agreement. When an agreement cannot be reached, success in court may depend on the early involvement of a family law lawyer with an established track record in contested Interstate and International Custody and visitation matters.

Attorney Timothy J. Conlon has practiced family law in Rhode Island for more than 30 years. During that time, he has been at the forefront of Interstate and International Custody law and helped families fashion child visitation agreements that meet their needs. Attorney Conlon has helped establish fathers’ rights, grandparents’ rights and supervised visitation, protecting the interstate visitation rights of hundreds of clients.

Call us at 401-400-4254 for your consultation.

Where Will My Interstate and International Custody Case Be Heard?

In Interstate and International Custody cases, confusion often arises as to which state has the authority to hear the case and issue an order of custody or visitation. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (the UCCJEA previously known as the Uniform Child Custody and Jurisdiction Act, or UCCJA) provides guidelines for determining which state has authority to hear the case and issue an order.

We successfully argued Nadeau v. Nadeau, one of the leading Interstate and International Custody decisions in Rhode Island, addressing the limits upon “emergency jurisdiction” under UCCJEA and the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. We have the skills, knowledge and experience to guide you and advocate for you in your custody case.

Serving Parents Around the World

Our firm has worked with clients from as far away as India and Sri Lanka in family law matters arising in this state. We generally have several interstate matters open at any given time and have handled multi-state custody litigation relating to California, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Texas.

We help clients in a range of Interstate and International Custody situations such as clients who:

  • Are outside of Rhode Island and have been served with papers in a Rhode Island Family Court proceeding
  • Need to protect their interests in connection with a child who resides in Rhode Island
  • Are subject to a Rhode Island court order
  • Reside in Rhode Island and their child has been or is about to be removed from the state
  • Are served with papers from another state that relate to their child

Contact Our Lawyers for Guidance in Custody Disputes

We can explain the law of Interstate and International Custody and advise you as to how to protect your rights. If you are involved in an Interstate and International Custody dispute, seeking to establish interstate visitation, or need a custody modification, we can help.

Contact us today at 401-400-4254.

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