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Rhode Island has its own specific child custody laws

As a parent who wants what is best for your child, it's important to understand Rhode Island's child custody laws. As your divorce progresses, you will need to come up with a child custody plan that works for your situation. If you can't agree, then the judge must make a decision for you.

Divorce rate declines for third year

For three years in a row, the divorce rate in the United States has declined. Rhode Island is listed as one of the states with the lowest divorce rate, which seems to be pretty good news on the surface. In reality, this doesn't mean that marriages here are any more likely to last.

What does the law say about child custody in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island child custody laws are not very different from the laws in other states because, in 1978, Rhode Island adopted the Uniform Child Custody Act, as have all the 50 states throughout the nation. That said, state-level case law -- i.e., how judges have interpreted the same law in different cases in the past -- may have its own nuances and differences.

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