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