Rhode Island Child Custody Lawyer

A divorce can be a very difficult time for all those involved, especially children. Recognizing the important role that both parents play in the lives of children, Rhode Island Family Court works to ensure that children continue to have visitation with both parents.

Child custody is often something that parents can agree upon in their divorce settlement. In this situation, the parenting plan is submitted to the judge for approval. Unfortunately, in some situations, child custody could be a contentious legal dispute that
must be resolved by a judge. In Rhode Island, when a court makes child custody decisions, the judge will take into consideration what is in the best interest of the child. Some factors the court considers include:

  • The wishes of the child’s parents regarding the child’s custody.
  • The preference of the child, if the child has the requisite intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference
  • The interaction and interrelationship of the child with the child’s parents, the child’s siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interest
  • The child’s adjustment to their 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 continue a close and continuous parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent.

Child custody can often be confusing to parents. Having a lawyer to explain and guide parents may be essential. Generally, child custody is broken up into two major categories, physical and legal custody. Physical custody is the term used for the parent with whom the child will live with. Legal custody is the term used for the parent who will make various decisions relating to the child’s upbringing including medical and educational decisions. Physical and Legal custody can reside with one parent or can be shared. Sole custody means that only one parent has custody, while shared or joint custody means that custody is shared with both parents.

If you are involved in a custody dispute with your current or former spouse and need guidance, call the Rhode Island Child Custody Lawyer at
Abilheira Law. Our family law attorneys will work tirelessly to get the best possible result for you and your child.