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When you are involved in a child custody and visitation matter that is brought before the court in the State of Rhode Island, you should review the family laws of the State so that you may create a parenting plan that complies with the law while serving the needs of the child.
The State of Rhode Island General Laws, Title 15, Domestic Relations, contains some of the legislation pertaining to child custody and visitation.
The law contains definitions for some of the terms used by the court, and outlines some of the procedures that must be adhered to when registering and submitting information on your case.
Like many states, Rhode Island also uses the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, as well as local court rules and case law, when determining the custody of a child.
It is important to use that law as you create your parenting plan if you want to have a successful outcome in your case.
The State of Rhode Island considers the best interest of the child to be the ultimate determining factor when ruling on child custody matters.
The court considers all relevant factors when ruling on child custody, including, but not limited to:
Rhode Island does not use gender to discriminate against a parent on custody.
The State of Rhode Island recognizes the importance of the presence of each parent in a child's life, and after reviewing the factors affecting the best interest of a child, will, at a minimum, award reasonable visitation to a non-custodial parent.
If the non-custodial parent is a danger to the child, the court may award that parent supervised visitation to protect the safety and well-being of the child.
When parents are able to set their differences aside and reach a custody agreement on their own, the court will typically accept their arrangement, as long as it is written in the best interests of the child.
You may work together on your own or seek the assistance of a court mediator or private counselor to help them resolve their differences and negotiate an agreement. Once agreed upon, you may then submit your parenting plan to the court.
When parents do not agree and do not submit their parenting plan to the court, the court will make the custody arrangements for them.
If you have tried everything and still cannot agree with your ex on a parenting plan, you may want to create your own parenting plan for the court to consider. This will give the court some perspective on the needs of your child.
It will also demonstrate your willingness to allow the other parent to have frequent, ongoing contact with the child, and it will provide the judge with an alternative to choose from, besides an old standard custody and parenting plan.
A parenting plan may contain any information regarding the child that the parents feel is applicable.
A comprehensive, well-organized parenting plan should include the following:
You should always focus on the needs of your child as you make your custody agreement.
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