Family Court Info

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 his or her new employment, and the department shall transfer the assignment, garnishment, or the order for child support and/or health insurance to the subsequent employer.

(b) If an assignment, garnishment, or order for child support and/or health insurance is in effect under this section but cannot be executed because the obligor parent has no employer, the department shall send the assignment, garnishment, or order for child support or health insurance to any employer who later employs the obligor as soon as the new employment is ascertained; provided, that the obligor parent’s obligation on the order shall continue, regardless of employment or lack of it, unless suspended by order of the family court.

[See § 12-1-15 of the General Laws.]
History of Section.
(P.L. 1995, ch. 370, art. 29, § 6; P.L. 1995, ch. 374, § 6; P.L. 1997, ch. 170, § 7.)

Bringing a child to Court

Do not bring your children to Court unless the judge specifically requests that they attend Court to be interviewed. Some people incorrectly feel that it is appropriate to bring their children to Court to “talk to the Judge” or tell their side of the story.

Bringing your child to court uninvited will only upset the judge. Also, not all Rhode Island Family court judges will interview children concerning their preference in a RI Custody case. Some judges will appoint a guardian ad litem for the child or have family services interview the child.

Fathers visit on fathers day!

A father should always get visitation on Father’s Day. A mother should always get the children on Mother’s Day. All RI Custody and visitation agreements should set forth these basic tenets. The Rhode Island Family Court Order should indicate that if Father’s Day falls on father’s off weekend then the visitation schedule should be altered. Ditto for Mother’s Day.

This is just common sense. However, common sense is often thrown out the window in Visitation and child custody feuds in Rhode Island Family Court. Even if your visitation order does not allow father to visit on Father’s Day you should still make every effort to allow such visitation!

If you need legal representation in a Rhode Island Visitation or child custody matter, please call RI family Attorney David Slepkow at 401-437-1100.

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The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer/ attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice