Rhode Island Child Custody Attorney
Representing Clients in Kent County and Beyond in Custody Matters
Realizing that you will no longer be able to spend every single night with your children is often the hardest part of a divorce. It can also be one of the most hotly debated and complex areas of contention. Our experienced, compassionate Rhode Island custody lawyers will listen closely to your goals and concerns while setting realistic expectations that ultimately serve the best interests of your children.
Compassionate and Committed Visitation Rights Lawyer
At Assalone & Associates, LLC, our family law attorney is committed to not only helping our clients navigate the complexity of child custody, but also giving them an understanding of how the process works. We empower our clients with information so they can make decisions that will support their plans for the future.
Child custody comes in two forms:
- Legal custody: This refers to who has the right to make health, education and other important decisions regarding the child. Typically, both parents share this responsibility.
- Placement: This refers to where the child lives. This can be split in numerous ways.
At What Age Can a Child Decide Which Parent to Live With in RI?
There is no set age in Rhode Island at which a child can determine which parent to live with. The court will contemplate the child's wishes, but they are not the only factor in custody decisions. The court will also consider the child's best interests, including factors such as the child's relationship with each parent, the stability of each parent's home, and the child's educational and extracurricular needs.
The older the child is, the more weight the court will give their wishes. However, the court will always consider the child's best interests, even if their wishes are not in their best interests.
If you are going through divorce proceedings or separation in Rhode Island, speaking with an attorney who can help you understand the custody process and protect your rights is essential.
The Rhode Island Family Court Act states that the court shall assess the children's wants "if the child is of acceptable age and capacity to express a preference." The court will also consider the child's "emotional ties with each parent," the "child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community," and the "mental and physical health of all parties involved." The court will decide about custody that is in the child's best interests. The court will not automatically grant custody to the parent that the child prefers. Instead, the court will consider all the factors involved in the case and make a decision that is in the child's best interests.
Rhode Island custody lawyer Veronica Assalone has more than 27 years of experience helping individuals as they navigate the complexities of child custody. She is well-known in the Rhode Island legal community for her fierce dedication to her clients as well as her deep compassion.
Attorney Veronica Assalone has a proven track record of winning cases for her clients in both criminal law and family law. Former clients have said, “She is an exceptional lawyer with her clients’ best interests at heart,” and, “She has given me my life back.”
Our senior attorney, Veronica Assalone, is proficient in Spanish, French, German, Italian and American Sign Language. Our office assistant speaks Spanish.
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A Sense of Belonging
We treat all of our clients with compassion, dignity, and respect. With our team approach, we really are all in this together and our clients experience the extraordinary difference and benefits of our unique approach to practicing law.
At most law firms, one lawyer will show up to represent you if your case goes to trial. With our team of lawyers, you get the entire team, as needed, for the cost of one lawyer. This provides excellent representation as well as a strong sense of support.
Because our attorneys each have unique backgrounds and skills, our team approach helps us make sure that every facet of your case is considered and covered. We also get to know you and your unique needs to build a case that meets your goals.
With most firms, one attorney will handle every aspect of your case, even the small things that could be handled much more efficiently by a junior lawyer or paralegal. We use the least expensive resources needed to get the job done and we pass these savings on to our clients.
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