Providence Child Custody Attorney
Child Support Attorney Representing Parents in RI
What is going to happen to the children? That is perhaps the biggest concern of families in transition.
At the Law Office of Stephen G. Linder we have more than 40 years of combined experience helping parents throughout Rhode Island establish, modify, and enforce fair and reasonable agreements involving child custody, visitation, and child support. We assist divorcing parents, parents who have never been married, and family members, or others who wish to have custody of a child. We encourage parents work as a team for the benefit of their children and strive to emphasize the importance of a good co-parenting relationship.
Experience You Can Rely On
Ability You Can Trust
To discuss your concerns with an experienced Rhode Island family law attorney please contact our firm today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation. You can depend on our legal abilities in matters such as:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Custody and visitation interference
- Grandparent or family member custody
- De facto / psychological parents' rights
- Modification of court orders
- Enforcement of court orders
- Relocation / move away issues
What's in the best interest of the child? That's the question the court bases its decisions about where and with whom a child lives. In Rhode Island, there are eight factors that must be considered in deciding what is best for a child. The non-custodial parent is usually granted visitation or parenting time. In Rhode Island it is usual for the court to order joint custody. Joint custody refers to the major decisions in a child's life: religion, education, health, and general welfare. These decisions should be made by two parents, whenever possible.
De facto / Psychological Parents' Rights
Our attorneys have been on the cutting edge of a new legal issue called de facto / psychological parent rights. The concept involves the rights of custody and visitation for people such as step parents or partners in same-sex couples who have no biological attachment to a child, but who have a parent-child relationship.
In Rhode Island Child support is based on the income model. The court looks to the gross income of the parents.
If you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job, a remarriage, or an injury, please contact our family law attorneys to discuss a modification of your child support, visitation, and custody arrangements. Until you notify the court, you are responsible for the current order of child support.