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Unravel the Mystery of RI Divorces by its History!

Originally the Rhode Island Family Court and divorce proceedings were part of the Rhode Island Superior Court.  Though they remained a court of superior jurisdiction, the Family Court was created to address family related matters which in and of themselves comprised a substantial number of cases focused on the specific subject of legal matters dealing with relationships, the well-being of the family unit and contracts such as marriage.

Seeing the need for a separate court to address divorces and relationships which resulted in contract-like situations, the RI General Assembly established the Rhode Island Family Court system and it's underlying structure.

It is helpful and important to know that Rhode Island Divorce lawyers often deal with very emotional issues for their clients because with marriage often comes divorce - the severing of the living situation, financial dependencies the parties have with each other, the children borne of the marriage, and the assets and debts accumulated during the courts of the marriage.

It is extremely help however to understand that the RI Family Court system arose out of the Superior Courts due, in large part, to the contractual nature of marriage.

A marriage, though not viewed by many people as such, is in fact a contract.  During that contract children may be born, assets may be acquired, debts may be accumulated and one of the parties may need financial assistance to survive the dissolution of the marriage contract.

Do you want to get through your divorce and move on with your life as quickly as possible?  Then as difficult it is, put aside your emotions and think about where the judge is sitting and what he or she must do.

Imagine your case the way the judge does.  The judge sits there day in and day out hearing all kinds of saga, including emotions, hard luck stories, bitter retorts, vindictive statements, heartfelt pleas to punish the other spouse and more.  Yet the judge isn't there to be your counselor or to take the court's time so that you can say your piece just to get it off your chest and feel somewhat better just for having said it.

The judge sits on the bench in a divorce case to help the parties reach an equitable result to the dissolution to your marriage contract.   

Think about the judge's role and take the most direct result to the resolution of your divorce that is fair and reasonable or that is acceptable to you.

While the judge sits on the bench he or she has a specific role, namely to identify and deal with the important aspects of what your marriage produced.  Usually it is fairly straightforward.

1)  Minor Children
2)  Marital Assets
3)  Marital Debt
4)  A Spouse's ability to financially survive after the divorce.

While it is true that each of these items has each of its own characteristics, a divorce can reasonably be converted down into these four (4) basic elements for the purposes of understanding how you can help yourself through it.

This is simply a practical tip that will help any party to a divorce, IF, you can do it. 

1)  Put your emotions of rejection, anger, feelings of fault, depression, and all other emotions about your relationship away as much as possible when dealing with your Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer.  Why?  Because lawyers address the legal issues the court will rule on and unless they have counseling training for mental health issues, they are not the best ones to voice those concerns too.

I am not recommending that you bury your feelings or that you don't deal with them at all.  I am suggesting that you find a good psychologist, psychotherapist, individual counselor, family counselor and/or marriage counselor and talk them out, whether they be feelings about your spouse's infidelity or your own insecurity or fears.  Your emotions should be dealt with by a professional skilled in mental health and emotional issues.

2)  Focus on what the judge must deal with in your marriage.  Those are the four points I have listed above.  These are at the center of your Rhode Island divorce.   If you can remove the emotion from these points and focus on them in the order they are listed and decide upon them in the order in which they are listed then you will have the best opportunity to resolve your divorce as quickly and and effectively as possible to move on with your life.

The Rhode Island family courts are not a forum for waging vendettas and punishing your spouse for the wrongdoing you believe he or she has committed that have caused you to feel hurt or embarrassment.  Move on with your life sensibly and maintain your self-respect and dignity.  In this way, your life will grow and be enhanced much more quickly.

Life is all about change but not all change is bad.  Divorce is a big change for spouses and for children but it need not be a bad change.  Divorce is not only an ending of something you are familiar with, it is the beginning of something new, a great adventure that may bring you untold happiness without measure.

Embrace it and Live for You!

Authored By:

  Christopher A. Pearsall
RI Divorce and Family Lawyer
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What's your price for an Uncontested Divorce?

My practice is focused almost entirely on Rhode Island family law.  Every week I hear the same sentence by people trying to find the most affordable Rhode Island Divorce lawyer.

"I have a simple divorce.  We agree on everything.  What's your price for an Uncontested Divorce"

No doubt I'm going to burst a few bubbles here and perhaps even anger a few people, but I'm a lawyer who tells it like it is.

First, when you call an attorney and you say these three little sentences, here is what the translation ends up being. 

I'm shopping for an attorney because I don't think I can do this divorce myself.

I'm calling you because I'm looking for someone who is cheap. 

If you are a lawyer and you are cheap then I might hire you because any lawyer should be able to do something as simple as my divorce.

Even without any tone or inflection, this comes across as an insult, especially to a family law attorney who knows that every case is different.

It is no understatement on my part to you that these are the calls I get all week because I offer my services as Rhode Island's Most Affordable Full-Time Divorce and Family Law Lawyer.  More than 90% of the calls I get are asking, What's your price for a completely uncontested divorce?

People are lawyer shopping.  Not only do I understand that, but I encourage it.  Yet this is far from the best way to go about it.  Certainly, it is not an easy thing to find a good Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer and there is no magic book to tell you how to find a good one that offers reasonable rates. 

However, calling a bunch of Rhode Island lawyers who advertise that he or she does divorces and then asking how much he or she charges for an uncontested divorce and choosing the lowest price one because you have limited financial resources is far from the best way to get good results.

I can say with sincerity the following just as if I were saying it to one of my brothers, "It is worse to have a lawyer who doesn't know what he or she is doing in divorce and family law than it is to have no lawyer at all."

Certainly you want to price shop for an attorney, but if you engage the services of a lawyer who does not know what he or she is doing when it comes to divorce or family law then you  might as well fold your money into a paper airplane and sail it out the window.  A lawyer who is not skilled in Rhode Island divorce and family law may quickly and easily give you a telephone quote for an uncontested divorce because he or she does not handle them frequently and simply wants to get some money "in the door".  Most attorneys have overhead expenses to pay after all.

Yet I digress.  This article is not about how to select a Rhode Island Divorce and Family Law Lawyer.  Rather, this article is about understanding that a good Rhode Island Divorce and Family Law Lawyer will not simply quote a a price to you over the phone. 

Why? 

Because good Rhode Island divorce lawyers know that 9+ out of 10 people who call will say that they have an uncontested divorce when the divorce lawyer who practices enough before the family court knows that only about 1 in 20 cases is truly uncontested from the outset and that this can only be determined with any degree of certainty after a detailed consultation and question and answer session with the prospective client.

If you get anything out of this article, I hope that it is this sentence. 

Every divorce case is different.

Those of us who choose to practice as Rhode Island Divorce lawyers know the intricacies that plague each of the cases.  We have honed our skills and our minds to identify the present issues, tax consequences, future medical issues and much more so that you can rely upon our advice and give you solid legal representation.   A good Rhode Island divorce lawyer knows that family law is always changing and that as much as we may try we are not always "up to the moment" on every case that has been ruled upon.  A true professional when it comes to divorce and family law will state with confidence that  he or she would prefer not to give you advice on a particular issue until he or she has checked into the latest cases on the issue. 

No lawyer is expected to know everything on any subject.  However, a good lawyer working within his or her primary practice focus will take prudent steps to insure that the correct advice is given to anyone he or she is speaking to.

So, what's my price of an uncontested divorce?  I have none.  I make it a rule not to quote prices over the phone because as I have said, I know that every divorce is different.  All lawyers are not the same.  Some have chosen to focus their practice in an area of law.  If you are going to hire a Rhode Island lawyer for your divorce or other family law matter, then take the time to meet with and screen each lawyer.

If you just want to hire the cheapest attorney possible, then just call a lawyers who just finished law school, has passed the Rhode Island Bar Examination and was just sworn in before the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Why do that if you want CHEAP?  That lawyer is hungry for income and clients to start his or her new career.  Then, chances are better than not that you can just waive goodbye as your money goes out the door as you pay for a lawyer who probably doesn't have the slightest idea what they are doing in family court or perhaps where it is located.

I'll say it again and I can't stress this enough.

Every divorce is different.

More than 9+ people out of 10 who call me will say they have a completely uncontested divorce.  Yet only 1 out of 20 of those callers actually do have an uncontested divorce.

When trying to get a price for your divorce, the attorney will know if your divorce is likely to be considered uncontested or not, BUT only after a detailed consultation and explanation of your rights to you.  Without that, most people only state they have an uncontested divorce because they think that they do or they want it to be uncontested OR because they believe that by asking for the uncontested rate they can just hire the attorney at the cheapest possible cost and then deal with any additional cost later.

Consider this analogy and perhaps you won't be so offended or you will understand when a professional Rhode Island divorce lawyer tells you that he or she is unable to quote you a rate for your divorce over the telephone.

ANALOGY

Let's say that you call up up a department store to get a price on spark plugs for your car, the call center must switch you to the department that focuses on that specialty product right?  So you have to get to the department that carries that product.  This is just like finding a true divorce lawyer in the midst of all the thousands of lawyers in Rhode Island.  Fortunately, it's much easier because the call center person knows that there is a specific department for that and just shunts your call to the Automotive Department.

When the Automotive Assistant picks up the telephone, you ask how much it costs for the cheapest spark plugs for a basic Chevrolet.

Can the Automotive assistant tell you the correct price without asking you more questions when the store carries (4) 4 brands of spark plugs for all different makes and models of cars and trucks? 

No.  The automotive assistant can't help you at all without asking you more detailed questions.  In fact, without more information the automotive assistant may not even carry the spark plugs you need. 

Fairly similar, right? 

What's your price for an uncontested divorce? 

and

What's your price for the cheapest spark plugs for a Chevrolet?

In fact, the automotive assistant may have to take quite some time with you on the telephone asking you about the Model, YEAR, Number of Doors, Engine Size and other information in order to figure out which spark plugs would even fit your car for ONE BRAND!  Then he or she may have to do the same for all four (4) brands to see what fits, what is available and what its cost is.  Then, finally the automotive assistant might be able to tell you what the cheapest one that fits your car is that they have in stock.  This is pretty similar to a full consultation with a divorce lawyer don't you think.  He or she has to ask you the questions that he or she knows to ask to find out what is needed for your case just as the automotive assistant needs the information to find out what spark plugs fit your needs.

Now, what happens.   You are dealing with an inexperienced lawyer who thinks he or she knows the questions to ask.  Yet isn't he or she really just like an inexperienced automotive assistant who is some poor kid just out of college trying to figure out what to do with his life and is working in the automotive department for minimum wage?  What if the automotive assistant is wrong andgives you the wrong spark plugs and you try to use them into your car.  After all, you relied on the automotive assistant's knowledge, right?   And a spark plug is just a spark plug, isn't it?

Well, you can guess what could happen.  You could blow the engine and make it unusable.  You couldstrip the spark plug threads requiring retapping of the treads at substantial cost.  You could ruin the ignition timing so the timing needs to be redone, perhaps the replacement of the timing belt, engine damage, etc . . .   

So you paid the cheapest price on spark plugs from someone who you expected to know what they were doing and you have a ton of headaches. 

Do you think the automotive assistant or the department store is going to be responsible for those headaches or your costs?  Do you think they will be able to reverse the damage that was done?  Nope.  Too late.  You should have gone to a specialist who might have told you which spark plugs were correct or you might have been told that the cheapest ones will only cause you costly headaches down the road and that the middle priced spark plugs are much better for your needs.

Ultimately, some attorneys may have a fixed price for an uncontested divorce.  They may, in fact, be cheaper than everyone else, including me, but that doesn't mean that they are the best for your situation, nor does it mean that they even care about your situation, or what happens to you if you follow their advice and it happens to be a bit off. 

Unfortunately, though readers may not wish to hear this, getting a price on what you state as an uncontested divorce is not the same as buying a small, black coffee at the Dunkin Donuts drive through.  This is divorce law.  It is complicated and it changes frequently.  Without knowing all the details a good family law attorney can't properly give you a price. 

If you call an attorney and simply get a set price on the telephone for a retainer and hourly fees and you haven't discussed with the attorney any aspects of your situation or your case or your life then I have only one word for you . . .

NEXT!




Authored By:

  Christopher A. Pearsall
Attorney-at-Law
70 Dogwood Drive, Suite 304
West Warwick, RI 02893

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Rhode Island Divorce - RI is a Fault Based State with provision for NO Fault Grounds as well!

How does a Rhode Island divorce lawyer who is seemingly competent make the mistake of advising clients and people in general, through writings, articles, press releases or other literature or publications that Rhode Island is a NO FAULT state when it comes to divorce? 

I've seen this on several lawyer's websites and I've seen this on generic legal sites that try to entice you to come to their sites so they can help hook you up with a legal referral service from which I can only presume they receive some kind of kickback or monetary remuneration. 

Yet for heaven's sake, should a lawyer at least get the fundamentals right!  It's no wonder lawyers have a bad name when lawyers go out of their chosen field of expertise and give answers that are incorrect simply because they don't want to lose a client or appear inept.  This becomes a stereotype that is then applied to all lawyers.

Well, let me set the record straight.  Any lawyer, whether they are licensed to practice law in Rhode Island or not, who tells you that Rhode Island is a NO FAULT state when it comes to divorce, simply does not know what they are talking about.  Frankly, if after reading this article you go ahead and hire such a lawyer then you deserve exactly what you get.

This is and should be an easy question for any Rhode Island lawyer who professes to practice before the Rhode Island family courts.  Even if it isn't know off the top of the lawyer's head, he or she should be able to look up the answer in a matter of 60 seconds.

Here's a quick lesson.  A state that is considered a NO FAULT divorce state is one in which divorces are not granted based upon the fault of either party.  In other words all grounds for divorce in that "NO FAULT" state are not based on the fault of either party.

I've heard it stated by Rhode Island lawyers and I've even seen it published by Rhode Island lawyers that Rhode Island is a NO FAULT divorce state.   WRONG!  WRONG!  WRONG!

Frankly, I don't have to tell you it's wrong at all.  The Rhode Island General Assembly that makes the laws of our state has already said it.

Though Rhode Island Family Court judges and most parties prefer divorces that are based on irreconcilable differences (which WOULD be a NO FAULT divorce) that is not the only grounds for divorce.   The following section of the Rhode Island General laws spells out the additional grounds for divorce as follows:

§ 15-5-2  Additional grounds for divorce. – Divorces from the bond of marriage shall also be decreed for the following causes:

   (1) Impotency;

   (2) Adultery;

   (3) Extreme cruelty;

   (4) Willful desertion for five (5) years of either of the parties, or for willful desertion for a shorter period of time in the discretion of the court;

   (5) Continued drunkenness;

   (6) The habitual, excessive, and intemperate use of opium, morphine, or chloral;

   (7) Neglect and refusal, for the period of at least one year next before the filing of the petition, on the part of the husband to provide necessaries for the subsistence of his wife, the husband being of sufficient ability; and

   (8) Any other gross misbehavior and wickedness, in either of the parties, repugnant to and in violation of the marriage covenant.

Now, if any Rhode Island lawyer who professes to you that Rhode Island is a NO FAULT state.  Please have him or her explain to you how each of these items lacks a condition or action by either one or both parties that is not fault based.  Then, please give me a call and explain it to me.

My point is simply this.  Rhode Island is NOT a NO FAULT divorce state.  This is an easy way to determine if the lawyer you are considering engaging for your divorce matter knows what he or she is talking about or not.  If you ask the lawyer if Rhode Island is a NO FAULT divorce state and he or she says "yes" . . . then I highly recommend finding a new lawyer to interview.

Authored By:

  Christopher A. Pearsall
Attorney-at-Law
70 Dogwood Drive, Suite 304
West Warwick, RI 02893

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Rhode Island Child Support - The Reality of Modification

Often Rhode Island child support becomes a frustrating situation not only for clients but also for lawyers.

Imagine that you are a client who has placement of three children.  Your ex-spouse is making considerably more money than when you divorced and the cost of living has risen.  First, you contact a lawyer about your child support rights and whether modification is appropriate.  Second, after finding out that modification is appropriate you speak with your ex-spouse and he is unwilling to agree to give you a dime more than you are already receiving in court ordered child support.  So you resort to having your attorney send a letter to your ex-spouse asking for agreement of a small increase and that if you cannot agree that a Motion to Modify will have to be filed with the court.

Sounds simple enough doesn't it?  If the ex-spouse doesn't agree then you file a Motion to Modify and the court will modify your child support if you meet your burden of proof, namely that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the last order was set.

Enter the ex-spouse who gets an attorney friend to serve the placement parent with 6 motions on the day a response is requested.  The placement parent's attorney files a Motion for Contempt and a Motion to Modify Child Support.

The ex-spouse concocts even more and more motions as the initial filing party and the Motion for Child Support which is truly the issue is placed on the back burner by the court.  Despite the efforts of the placement parent's counsel, more and more motions are filed by the ex-spouse to further cloud the issues and take the court on so many tangents that no judge could see the forest for the trees even if he or she wants to.

Here's the clincher for the attorney representing the placement parent.  How do you explain to your client after 3 years of fighting and after the ex-spouse's attorney has filed 35+ motions that there is no end in sight and the family court judge has literally refused to hear the placement parent's Motion to Modify Child Support despite countless direct requests that a hearing be held on the subject?

It is not only a child support issue but a legal frustration both for the client seeking the modification and for the lawyer representing the client.  This is not simply because it makes the lawyer appear inept when he or she may have done everything within his or her power necessary to obtain a hearing, but also because the client is entitled for child support relief for the benefit of the children.

I have had the displeasure of seeing several unfortunate circumstances similar to the one described.  In truth the problem is caused not only by the system but by lawyers who may be questioned as to whether they are acting within the boundaries of their ethical obligations and are abusing the system.

Unfortunately one lawyer usually has no control over another lawyer who is trying to bury a valid Motion for Child Support Modification under a mound of motions so deep   that the court will never see it and never address it.

The question then becomes, does the placement parent who is moving for the modification of the child support have an entitlement or right to a hearing on the subject. 

Rhode Island law regarding child support gives family court judges discretion as to whether to award the moving party child support retroactive to the date the motion was filed.  Assuming for a moment that the motion is heard 3+ years later by the court, what do you think the chances are that the non-placement party will be ordered to pay 3+ years of retroactive child support? 

As a Rhode Island lawyer, I can tell you quite frankly that it is slim to none that the placement parent will be given the rightful award retroactive to the date of filing because the amount of retroactive support is likely to be seen as so large as to appear punitive.  Since the court does not award child support as a punitive measure and judges are afforded this retroactive discretion the award of retroactive child support is unlikely at best.

As a lawyer, it is not an enjoyable task to explain to your client that a retroactive award of child support for the children is unlikely without even having had a hearing.  Perhaps the more difficult part for an attorney is realizing that when a family court judge fails to hear a Motion to Modify Child Support in a timely fashion and otherwise may fail to exercise his or her discretion to grant support retroactive to the date of the Motion to Modify, that judge is more than hurting the placement parent, that judge is depriving the minor children of support that they are entitled to from the non-moving parent.

It should always be remembered, both by lawyers and by the courts that child support, and thus Motions to Modify Child Support, relate to the parent's exercise of rights on behalf of the children.  Thus, if a Motion to Modify Child Support is granted, shouldn't it also be correct and proper to grant the child support retroactive to the filing date.  It causes one to question why a retroactive ruling is not always the case and why the family court judiciary are afforded discretion in this regard which deprives minor children of child support to which they are entitled.

What then can a lawyer or pro se individual do when faced with a Motion to Modify Child Support that he or she seemingly can't get before the court? 

Stay the course!  Do not diverge from the purpose of your motion to modify.  Continuously bring the court's focus back to this Motion over and over again.  Make every effort not to let the court get side-tracked by opposing counsel, opposing motions and other obstacles that are not as crucial to the well-being of the minor children.  Emphasize to the court that the longer the motion goes unheard the longer the children go without necessary child support in an ever worsening economy. 

This is a situation where you must have laser-like focus and purpose to insure to the best of your ability that the Motion to Modify Child Support is heard.   The court has often focused on the fact that one of it's foundational tenets is the best interests of the minor children.  Most assuredly the financial best interests of the minor children are among the most important.  Food, clothing, education, shelter and medical care are all part of the financial aspects of child support.  Without increases when warranted by the court and awarded by the court, the minor children suffer. 

Though there are no guarantees, this is the best avenue of focus, for your client seeking modification and for the children who NEED the modification.

Authored By:

  Christopher A. Pearsall
Attorney-at-Law
70 Dogwood Drive, Suite 304
West Warwick, RI 02893

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A Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer's Tip on Alcoholism

As a Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer perhaps one of the more controversial issues I've dealt with is the case of the alcoholic spouse or parent. 

Officially, the policy statement of the Rhode Island family court is stated on their Family Counseling Unit Services form which is filed with every divorce.  The Family Court's policy statement reads as follows:

Policy Statement:  The Family Court recognizes alcoholism as an illness and that such drinking problem is treatable and that entering treatment or counseling will not be prejudicial to legal issues in the court.  The court is sensitive to the family problems raised by problem drinking and wishes not to be considered an obstacle to help in these matters.

The question for Rhode Island divorce and family law lawyers is whether to simply explain to clients that they should simply accept this as the court's policy, or whether to advocate that they take whatever position serves their ends in family court.

The issue is more problematic when personal beliefs conflict with family court policies.  This is true both for the individual who chooses to represent himself or herself as well as Rhode Island divorce lawyers who may disagree with policy.

Neither those who represent themselves in court nor divorce lawyers in Rhode Island are required to conform their own personal or professional beliefs to the family court's policy statements.  These policy  statements merely set forth the family court's view as a governmental body to the treatment of . . in this case. . . alcoholism in matters before the family court.

It would not surprise me if there are perhaps many individuals and even many Rhode Island divorce lawyers and family law practitioners who disagree with the treatment of alcoholism as an "illness."   This may be perhaps because the use of other drugs, whether by prescription or otherwise are thought of more along the lines of a voluntary addiction than is alcoholism.  It is as yet an unanswered question to many as to why only "alcoholism" is the subject of a policy statement on an official court form.  Is alcoholism deserving of special treatment when there are addictions and illnesses that are just as prominent and just as devastating to families in divorce and other situations.

In the end, the best bet for Rhode Island family lawyers and individuals who seek to represent themselves is to take the position that best furthers their case in family court whether it is contrary to the policy statement or not.

Authored By:

Christopher A. Pearsall

Attorney-at-Law
70 Dogwood Drive, Suite 304
West Warwick, RI 02893

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