The Legal Rights of Unmarried Parents in Rhode Island


Parents who were never married face the same child-related challenges that divorcing parents face. Because these couples did not have legal ties, it's not unusual for them to try to resolve child custody and support issues themselves, without resorting to use of the courts. Unfortunately, these agreements aren't legally enforceable. If one parent fails to live up to their end of the deal, there is nothing the other can do … except go to court.

Mr. Ferns can help you understand the legal rights of unmarried parents in Rhode Island in cases involving:

  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Parenting plans
  • Child support – obtaining support or enforcing a support order

When things aren't going smoothly with the other parent, spend the time and money to resolve things properly. Take your child custody or visitation case to a Rhode Island family court judge and get an enforceable custody and support order. Contact Rhode Island child custody attorney Paul Jr. Ferns. He has more than 15 years of experience working with divorcing and unmarried parents who need to arrive at workable child custody agreements. Call 401-714-5526 to schedule a free initial consultation.

Do You Parent a Child Who is Not Your Biological Child?

Rhode Island recognizes that children can bond with adults who are not their biological parent. If you've lived with the child for a substantial part of his or her life, if you have a strong relationship and he or she depends upon you for love and security, you are acting in the role of a parent. This adult is considered a "de facto" parent.

That is an important bond and it can be maintained by asking for visitation. In cases where the biological parent is unfit, the de facto parent may even petition for custody.

As an experienced child custody lawyer, Mr. Ferns has helped hundreds of families figure out a new way to live. You can count on him for honest, sound legal advice. Contact the Warwick child custody law office of Paul J. Ferns: 401-714-5526.

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