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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.

Child custody laws vary in each state. Rhode Island has its own specific legislation regarding child custody. The state is very unique, because the courts don't often award joint custody, which is currently something some states actually aim to achieve in court.

Can you still get joint custody in Rhode Island if you want it?

Despite not making joint custody a default ruling, Rhode Island's courts will issue a joint custody ruling if you and your spouse can agree on it. If not, then you and your soon to-be ex-husband or wife may have to work out another parenting plan option or wait to see what the court decides. It's more likely for the judge to place the child in one home than to divide parenting rights, custody and parenting time equally between homes due to the lack of joint custody rulings in the state.

Does your child get a say in where he or she lives?

The courts in Rhode Island do listen to what your child wants as long as he or she is mature enough to make the decision. Additionally, the state does recognize a grandparent's right to visitation, which is something else to consider if you plan to create a custody arrangement on your own.

Your attorney can help you navigate the specific laws Rhode Island has. Your child needs to have the best possible custody arrangements, and with help, you can make that happen.

Source: FindLaw, "Rhode Island Child Custody Laws," accessed June 23, 2017

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