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Dealing with an ex who doesn't share your parenting style

Co-parenting after a divorce always has its challenges. You and your spouse take turns being single parents of sorts. Therefore, you likely find yourself making more parenting decisions than you did when you were married. This is a time when many people who left the discipline or other parenting issues to their spouse now have to step up and make decisions without someone else there to back them up.

Review your parenting plan to make sure you understand it

After going through a divorce, you are probably ready to have some time away from your ex. If you have children, you might not be able to get this time because you and your ex will still have to deal with other when it comes to the children. There are several things that you can do to make this easier. Here are a few tips we have for you:

Dealing with your children's grief over your divorce

All responsible parents understand that a divorce can be difficult, sad and stressful for children, However, they may not consider that their kids are actually going through a grieving process. While a loved one hasn't died, they've lost the family dynamic they knew and having their parents together as a couple.

Should divorcing couples be required to take parenting classes?

Parenting after a divorce can be problematic. In fact, 17 states require couples who divorce to attend classes to help them with parenting their children when they divorce. In the states that have such programs, including a couple here in New England, the cost of these classes is generally split between the parents.

How child support orders can be modified in Rhode Island

The idea behind requiring a non-custodial parent to pay child support to the custodial one centers around the idea that both parents should be required to be equally responsible for the care of their shared child. In certain circumstances, though, situations arise in which either needs of the child or financial circumstances of the parent change, necessitating one parent or the other to request that the child support order be changed.

Helping children feel they belong in both parents' homes

One of the most difficult parts of co-parenting children after a break-up is transitioning them from one parent's home to the other for visits or custody exchanges. There's a lot of advice out there on how to ease these transitions for kids. As with much parenting advice, a lot of it is contradictory.

Child support has specific purposes

Determining the amount of child support that one parent pays to the other can be one of the most bitterly-contested phases of a divorce. If the couple can't work out an amount on their own and the matter goes to a family court judge, the amount of child support is usually based on the income of each parent, how much time the children are spending with the parent with primary custody and the needs of the child(ren) involved.

What is considered 'income' in determining child support?

Divorcing couples and their attorneys generally strive to reach agreements on the issues to be hammered out, like child support, without having to take these matters before a judge. However, if the issue of child support payments needs to go to court, there are legal guidelines for judges to follow.