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Rhode Island Child Custody Attorney

Protecting You and Your Child in Warwick, RI

Our state's child custody laws were designed to serve the "best interests of the child." In any child custody case, a family court's main goal will be to reduce the disruption caused to the child's life and maintain the same standard of living that the child enjoyed before the divorce took place. If you are seeking a child custody arrangement that is beneficial to your child, contact a Rhode Island divorce lawyer at The Law Office of Patricia A. Sullivan.

Why You Need a Divorce Attorney in Rhode Island

There is a reason that these situations can be referred to as a "battle" if they are not handled correctly. Child custody is a tense situation but the results of it are incredibly important. Making every effort now can affect you and your child down the road. Here are some of the reasons why you should retain an attorney, rather than trying to represent yourself:

  • An attorney knows the ins and outs of the court system and has a strong familiarity with these cases.
  • They know how to prepare and what steps to take to increase the chance of a favorable end result.
  • Through hard work they can find the solution that you are looking for, making sure that you and your child are looked out for.
  • An attorney can also work with you and your spouse to come to an agreement together if it is possible.

How is child custody decided in Rhode Island?

The overriding factor that a judge considers when making a custody decision is the best interest of the child. However, there are other factors that may have an influence on the judge's decision, including the following:

  • child's relationship with both parents
  • the quality of the schools in both parents' places of residence
  • which parent has served as the primary caretaker of the child, the child's needs
  • child's preference

What are the types of custody that could be awarded to a divorcing parent in Rhode Island?

There are two types of custody arrangement available to divorcing parents: Legal custody and physical custody.

Legal custody refers to the ability to make decisions about a child's upbringing, such as:

  • education
  • medical care
  • religious preference

In most cases, a court will attempt to give joint legal custody to the parents.

Physical custody refers to who the child will actually live with. A court will usually decide in favor of granting sole physical custody, as joint physical custody between both parents is considered disruptive or confusing to the child. The general rule is that it is believed that the children are best served by having access to both parents, and when the court is involved in making this decision, the guiding principle is the best interests of the child.

Can a child custody order be modified?

Yes. There are certain situations that will allow for a child custody order to be modified in court. Cases in which one parent is planning to move away, or when it can be established that the child has been neglected, abused or other similar situation.

Contact My Office for Knowledgeable Representation

I have provided compassionate and effective legal support to clients as an RI child custody attorney for over 30 years. Understanding how difficult a divorce can be for a child, I will seek an amicable resolution to your child custody matter.

My priority is to secure an outcome that places minimal strain on you and your child, and allows you to maintain the bond you have built over the course of both of your lives. To get started with your child custody case, fill out a free case evaluation form so that I can start reviewing your situation immediately.