RI Family Court: Different Judge Sometimes equals different Decision!

One of the best reasons to retain a Rhode Island Family Court lawyer is because an experienced RI family Attorney will have a general idea how a judge will rule on a particular issue. Of course, some issues are highly fact specific and the divorce lawyer in RI will not know how a judge will rule because the issue is dependent on testimony and the credibility of the witnesses.

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Some judges enjoy hearings, while other judges treat testimonial hearings as if they were the plague. People who represent themselves pro-se often are at a distinct disadvantage because they lack insider information on how to interact with judges, clerks and court personnel.

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The  RI divorce lawyer will usually know what arguments work with a judge and what arguments will not work. An experienced Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer will know how to navigate the Rhode Island Family Court process. Sometimes different Family Court Justices rule in different ways on the same issue. For example, some judges are very liberal in granting restraining orders/ complaints protection for abuse) Some RI Family Court Judges have a much higher standard when ruling on emergency motions or restraining orders.

Certain judges are not big fans of supervised visitation while others routinely order supervised visits. Some Judges do not allow overnight visitors of the opposite sex while the children are home while others disagree with that proposition. Judge shopping is not allowed and is considered unethical. You cannot switch your judge because you do not like how he or she is ruling on your case.

Please contact Experienced RI family Attorney David Slepkow 401-437-1100


“The level of full-time, year-round employment for custodial mothers decreased from 52.3 percent in 2001 to 45.9 percent in 2013. Historically, full-time, year-round employment for custodial fathers has been higher and in 2013 stood at 67.4 percent. For custodial parent families below poverty in 2013, about 15.8 percent were employed full-time, year-round and 44.9 percent were not employed (Figure 2).13” Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2013 By Timothy Grall Current Population Reports Issued January 2016 P60-255  https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/P60-255.pdf