RI Child Support | Private School & College Education Liability

Rhode Island child support lawyer, David Slepkow answers several frequently asked questions pertaining to liability for college and private school pursuant to RI child support law. Can I get the other parent to be ordered to contribute to my child’s private school education? No. Most Rhode Island family Court Magistrates and Judge stake the position that […]

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Rhode Island Child Support Statistics and Information

In Rhode Island, non-custodial parents have a legal requirement to pay their child support on a regular basis regardless if they live in the state or not. When the payment is not made, the non-custodial parent is subject to strict enforcement measures that follow the child support laws of both Rhode Island and the federal […]

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Shades of Grey: RI Child Support Terminate 19th b-day?

Surprisingly, RI  Family Court still has a number of murky areas of child support law. The end conclusion, as far as these issues are concerned, are far from  conclusively decided in Rhode Island. The lack of clear answers continue, despite the fact that these issues have been raised thousands of times over many decades in […]

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Rhode Island Child Support Contempt FAQS in RI Family Court

A Rhode Island child support lawyer discusses important issues concerning contempt for failure to pay child support in Rhode Island. Are child support contempt proceedings ever initiated by the state of Rhode Island? If the person owed child support (the parent with physical placement / custody) is on AFDC Benefits (welfare) than payment may be […]

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The Ex Mother in Law as a FREE umm… PAID? Daycare Provider

When there was domestic harmony between you and your ex, both of you always acknowledged how lucky you were that you had the children’s grandmother to care for your child. Grandma would never accept any money, not under any circumstances. Never. Never. umm Never*? She loved your child unconditionally and it would be a great injustice […]

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Incarceration for failure to pay Support in RI is not Punitive

If a noncustodial parent does not pay his child support then the other parent may file a motion to hold the obligor parent in willful contempt. In cases in which the Custodial Parent is a full service client of the State of Rhode Island, Child Support Enforcement then the motion can be pursued by the […]

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Can a Custodial Parent Waive Child Support in RI Family Court?

Can a parent with physical custody of a child in Rhode Island Waive Child Support? The short answer is yes but the the Court will typically leave child support open so that the custodial parent can change their decision at any time and seek child support. If a custodial parent decides they do not want […]

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Contributions by Non Custodial Parent to Child Medical Insurance

If your child’s mother and your child receives Receive Ritecare or Riteshare medical insurance from the State of Rhode Island, then the State will file a case in Court against you. Under RI Law, the State of RI will request that you provide health insurance for your child. If you do not have a job or […]

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Obligor Must Notify RI Child Support Enforcement

SECTION 15-20-2 § 15-20-2 Duty of obligor parent to notify department. – (a) When the obligor parent changes employers, the obligor parent shall promptly notify his or her subsequent employer of his or her order for child support and/or health insurance and shall notify the department of administration, division of taxation, child support enforcement, of […]

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Rhode Island Child Support Enforcement: Unpaid Child Support

The Providence Journal recently authored an in depth article about parents who owe child support in Rhode Island. This expose focused on Providence Family Court. Sadly millions of dollars of back child support is owed to thousands of Rhode Island mothers and fathers who have physical custody of their child / children. Rhode Island Child […]

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RI Child Support Payment Instructions and address

If you are legally obligated to make your Child Support payments through the state of Rhode Island then all checks or money orders must be made payable to: “Rhode Island Family Court“ Send the RI Child Support payments to “RI Child Support Payment Service Unit P.O. Box 5073 Hartford, CT 06102-5073” Identify any Child Support checks […]

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Can Child Support in RI be Modified Retroactively?

The Rhode Island Family Court may only modify a Child Support order retroactively back to the date of the filing of the motion to modify child Support . Please review Rhode Island General Laws 15-5-16.2.4: § 15-5-16.2.4  Retroactive modification of child support. – Notwithstanding the provisions of § 15-5-16.2, the court, in its discretion, may modify […]

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Maximum child support garnishment amount in RI under federal law

Title 15, Sections 1672  and 1673 of the U.S. Code set forth certain exemptions to state Child Support Garnishment. The Rhode Island Family Court may only Garnish “Disposable earnings”. Section 1672 defines “disposable income” as earnings after State, Federal and Local Tax. How much disposable income may be garnished for child support? If you are providing support  to another […]

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Work Related Daycare is usually included in RI Child Support

The Rhode Island minimum child support guidelines take into account both the importance and expense of work related daycare. The child support guidelines and worksheet are used to determine the proper amount of Rhode Island Child Support to be paid by the parent. The bottom line is that a party will be ordered to pay […]

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