Basics of Legal Custody & Physical Custody by a Child Custody Attorney

RI Family Court judges utilize the “best interest of the child” standard in Child Custody Visitation cases.   Rhode Island Family Court Magistrates and Judges should utilize a “best interest of the child” standard in making custody decisions . These Custody factors are set forth in the seminal RI Custody Law case of Pettinato v Pettinato, 589 A.2d 909 (R.I. 1990) Custody […]

The very rare divorce trial in RI Family Court

A Rhode Island divorce attorney discusses the lack of divorce trial in Providence, Kent, Newport and Washington County Family Court. This article was rewritten in 2016 as a result of a recent trend of more progressive and modern judges who are more receptive to trials on the merits in Rhode Island Family Court. There are a […]

Family Court should ban term “Supervised Visitation”- monitored or assisted appropriate

In Rhode Island Family Court, the Court may order “supervised” visits in certain situations. Supervised visits are sometimes ordered when there is some concern over:  the non-custodial parent’s parenting abilities, domestic abuse, the parent has a drug problem or there is a lack of parent child bond or for other reasons. These supervised visits visitation are […]