RI Custody TIP: Do not Coach your child!

Coaching your child in family court almost always backfires. Children cannot keep a secret. The Family Court Justice or Guardian ad litem will ask the child what you told the minor child about the Rhode Island custody case. Please contact Rhode Island Child Custody David Slepkow 401-437-1100.

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A child may ask you incessantly about his or her interview with the judge. All you should say is that everything will be okay and that the child should “tell the truth.” When the Judge asks your child what you told him before the interview, it will be very beneficial to your case if the child repeats back the mantra “My mom told me to tell the truth.”

Your child is not your friend or your confidante regarding the divorce or custody case. Coaching children can be emotionally harmful and confusing to your children. It is unfair to your child to put him in that position. You also don’t want the other parent to coach the child, so you should not coach the child either.

Child Custody Law – The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem For the Minor Child in Family Court
[Relationships: Post-Divorce] This article written by a Rhode Island Child Custody explains the role of the Guardian ad Litem in Rhode Island Custody, Visitation and placement cases. In Rhode Island (RI), A guardian ad litem is a individual who represents the hypothetical best interest of the minor child in a child custody, visitation or other type of Family Court case. The Guardian is not a lawyer for the minor child!

“Approximately half (48.7 percent) of all 13.4 million custodial parents had a court order or some type of agreement to receive financial support from the noncustodial parent(s) in 2014 (Table 2). The majority of the 6.5 million parents with agreements were reported by the custodial parent as formal legal agreements—established by a court or other government entity—(89.8 percent), while 10.2 percent were informal agreements or understandings.16 The proportion of custodial mothers who had child support agreements or awards in 1994 was 59.8 percent, and increased to 64.2 percent in 2004.17 Since that time, the percentage has declined to 53.1 percent. The percentage of custodial fathers with child support agreements or awards was 31.4 percent in 2014. Historically, the proportion of custodial fathers with awards has been considerably lower than that of custodial mothers.”  Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013 By Timothy Grall Current Population Reports Issued  https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf