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Raising kids may cost more than you think

One of the largest areas of conflict in child support cases can be just how much it really costs to raise that child. What costs do parents need to cover? How much money really goes toward getting a child from the hospital to age 18? When parents do not agree on the costs, they may not agree on how much support each of them should provide.

Understanding interstate custody issues

Many parents who live in a different state from where their children reside worry that custody issues will become complicated. While implementing laws across states can have the potential to be extremely complex, this has been mitigated in child custody cases with the implementation of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJA).

The consequences of not paying Rhode Island child support

If you are a single parent in Rhode Island, it is likely that you are dependent to some extent on child support from the other parent. If the parent has fallen behind on their child support, you will probably start to worry about the future of your finances and question whether you will ever see another child support paycheck again.

I have a mental illness. Can I lose custody of my kids?

There is still a great deal of stigma associated with mental illness here in the United States. When those with mental illnesses are parents, their diagnoses can become an issue if the child's other parent, a family member or the state of Rhode Island decides to challenge the custody rights of the mentally ill parent.

How is child support managed in Rhode Island?

There are many considerations during the difficult process of separation and divorce. But nothing is more important than the present and future for children of a couple, especially if the couple is no more. Rhode Island recognizes the vital need for services geared toward children of divorce with a state agency dedicated to enhancing their well-being.

Common child custody questions in Rhode Island

Divorce may be one of life's harshest experiences, but it is nothing in comparison to the effect that separation can have on children. Parents do themselves and their children a favor when they understand the applicable laws for child custody. Here are some answers to common child custody questions in Rhode Island to help parents understand this legal topic better:

How can the Uniform Parentage Act help same-sex couples?

August 1 marked the five-year anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. However, gay rights advocates say that the state still needs to provide more protections for gay parents and their children, whether adopted or conceived via the ever-increasing strides in reproductive technology.

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