Common Reasons Why People Request to Modify Child Support

Many people are unaware that after a child support amount is established  by the Providence Family Court, it can be changed. The RI Family Court Court will require that the reason for the change is valid and that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the prior court order. Simply not wanting to […]

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What is a Divorce War?

I do not think that divorce in Rhode Island should be considered or treated as a “war.” However, sometimes SPOUSES behave so badly and its so nasty, bitter and out of control that it can only be termed a “war”. I also do not think a typical divorce, visitation or child custody  case in which the parties engage in discovery, […]

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Family Court Tip: If You’re Winning- SHUT UP!

This article contain a very importnat family court tip for pro-se litigants in providence Family Court. Pro-se* litigants often make fundamental mistakes in Providence Family Court including not understanding how to address the Judge. Also, self-represented parties also fail to understand what are proper arguments and improper arguments in Rhode Island Family Court One of […]

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7 RI Family Court TIPS for your Divorce, Custody or Visitation Case!

Rhode Island child custody attorney, David Slepkow provides 7 tips for litigants in Providence Family Court. David Slepkow is an experienced Family Court practitioner with 18 years of experience fighting the battles in Providence Family Court. Custody and Domestic TIPS! 1. Never get in a feud with opposing counsel in a divorce or custody cause […]

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RI Divorce Discovery: Interrogatories, Request for Documents, Etc.

An experienced RI divorce lawyer answers numerous questions about domestic law practice in Providence Family Court. What is ” Discovery” in Rhode Island Divorce?How do I get information about my Spouse? How do I get information about Marital Assets and Debts? In some cases, Husband or Wife may be hiding assets or stashing away money in […]

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The Visitation Exchange- when Court Order meets WWF Wrestling

The parties have attended their RI Family Court Hearing and a visitation Schedule is set by agreement of the parties with help from the judge. The parties also agree to joint custody and child support. Everything is now on paper in a court order signed by the Judge and Entered by the Clerk as a binding […]

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RI Divorce Tips: Clients Who Seek an Enabler rather than a Lawyer…

Occasionally, I see divorce clients who interview attorneys  looking to get the advice they want to hear rather than an explanation of the realities of Rhode Island Family Court. These people will hire the RI divorce attorney who tells them what they want to hear. Some of these potential clients wrongly equate a higher hourly legal fee with […]

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D’onfrio Decision Limits Power of Guardian Ad Litem in RI Family Court

The seminal case in Rhode Island concerning  guardian ad litems in Rhode Island family Court is D’onofrio v Donofrio, 738 A.2d 1081 (R.I. 1999) The Rhode Island Supreme Court gave wide discretion to the trial judge to appoint a Guardian ad Litem in Child Custody cases in Family Court. Judge makes final decisions not guardian ad […]

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