Your Parental Role Does Is Not Diminished By Divorce
Custody matters are often the most emotional and contested issues in a divorce. Some parents get caught up in “winning” the battle for their child’s time and allegiance. It is important, instead, to remain focused on what is best for your child and to have a legal advocate who will guide you through this most difficult experience.
At Rioles Law Offices in Providence, family law lawyer Brenda F. Rioles helps her clients reach agreement regarding custody and visitation amicably whenever possible. It is usually smart to reach agreement rather than place these important decisions in the hands of a family court judge, who is unfamiliar with the child and his or her needs.
An agreement must be reached for legal and physical custody. Legal custody is the right to make decisions regarding key aspects of a child’s life, including medical care, education and religious training. Physical custody is the right to have the child in your care. Call 401-680-9686 to schedule a meeting to learn more about custody in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Courts Favor Continued Involvement From Both Parents
Rhode Island courts rule on custody matters based on what is in the best interest of the child. The courts favor parenting plans that allow both parents to remain engaged in their child’s life unless there are extenuating circumstances that cause the court to act otherwise. Whether the court gets involved, or you wish to reach agreement on custody without litigating, factors that should be considered include:
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding and experience to express a preference
- The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child’s parent or parents, the child’s siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest
- The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school and community
- The mental and physical health of all individuals involved
- The stability of the child’s home environment
- The moral fitness of the child’s parents
- The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate a close and continuous parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent
Invested In Your Role As A Parent
Rioles Law Offices will help you sort through the details of child custody and protect your interests at every step. Ms. Rioles works closely with social workers, therapists, psychologists and a court-appointed guardian ad litem if one exists in order to achieve the best possible outcome for your family.
Contact Rioles Law Offices to schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable and experienced Providence child custody attorney.