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My focus is on quick and fair representation and resolution of your interests.  I will fight aggressively to protect you.

                                                                                                35 years experience

Divorce can be a very trying time in your life.       What you get when you hire a divorce lawyer in this very important life event are two things:

1.  Good, experienced family law and divorce advice as to how to plan for the break-up so that you get a fair deal and all other family concerns are properly taken care of.

2.  A detached mind, which you probably won't have in this emotional setting.  A person who is his or her own lawyer probably has a fool for a client.  In short, by hiring a lawyer you get someone who can professionally advise you without the coloring of anger of biased emotions.

Both are very important and will take you to a fair settlement in a divorce.  I have done many divorces and am able to lead you through this family court maze.  I do not try to inflame the divorce proceeding.  I will fight hard to get you a fair divorce settlement.

I also help with all other family law issues:  child support, visitation, relocation, alimony, etc.

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Filing for Divorce in Rhode Island?

If you are filing for divorce in Rhode Island, you are well aware of the emotional, financial, and time-consuming nature of the entire process.  What was once a wonderful and loving relationship has now become incredibly difficult, and both you and your partner are probably adamant about satisfying their demands.  You both have the rest of your lives to consider and you are not getting any younger.

I understand the emotional struggle accompanying a divorce proceeding.  You can be sure that I will handle the entire divorce process with compassion, understanding, but most importantly, diligence, to ensure that the divorce proceeding is conducted as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

What is at Stake in my Rhode Island Divorce?

If you are in the midst of divorce proceedings in Rhode Island, you need an experienced RI divorce lawyer to help ensure that you are adequately represented in Family Court. Without a divorce lawyer to help you navigate the legal process, you are putting at risk:

·                                 Your child custody rights

·                                 The amount of child support you may be able to receive

·                                 Alimony payments owed to/by you

·                                 An equitable division of the marital assets

·                                 Visitation rights and relocation issues

·                                 A mutual draft of a post-nuptial agreement

Don’t risk the future of you, your former spouse, and/or your child/children. 

When you hire me to represent you in your domestic family situation, I will work hard to:


·                                 Understand the facts of your divorce case

·                                 Advocate for you at every stage of the divorce process

·                                 Produce the results that you want from your divorce

I understand that these family law issues are difficult and disruptive. I take the time to make sure you are comfortable with your decisions.

Being a party to a divorce, child custody or child support dispute can be one of the most difficult, confusing, and emotionally-charged experiences you will ever face in your life.   Children, money, businesses, residences and many other things are often at issue.   The decisions and agreements that you make in these matters can and usually are life-altering and long lasting.

I will work on your behalf to make sure your divorce proceeding is fair, and your assets and rights are protected.   Where an otherwise productive divorce proceeding can turn ugly at a moment’s notice,  I am dedicated to finding mutually agreeable solutions to any and all disputes that may arise between the parties.  

Relocation of children

After divorce, the custodial parent may reasonably want to relocate out of Rhode Island. However, the non-custodial parent may also have good reason to object to a move that interferes with visitation rights. The court decides which action is in the children's best interest -- whether to relocate or remain in the jurisdiction close to the noncustodial parent.

I have been guiding families for 33 years.   I have  represent\ed parents on either side of the issue and, when appropriate, facilitate mediation as an option for reaching fair custody and visitation modification agreements. I helps you protect your children, while also doing what is best for your personal growth and advancement.

When deciding whether to permit or deny a petition for relocation, the court considers several important factors, including:   Best interest of the children; both parents' reasons for either petitioning for or objecting to the move;  the relationship between the children and the relocating parent; the relationship between the children and the non-relocating parent; the likelihood of financial enhancement for the children and the relocating parent; the emotional benefits and educational opportunities the move is likely to provide to parent and children; the children's physical, emotional and educational development and special needs issues;  the feasibility of preserving relationship between non-relocating parent and children -- including the logistics and financial circumstances that allow for visitation arrangements; the extended family and other types of support for children in each location.    If the custodial parent plans to move to an international location, the court reviews crucial issues regarding the country where the parent intends to live -- especially whether it is a signatory to the Hague on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction' 

Rhode Island law does not impose the burden of proof on either parent. Both parents are required to present evidence to the court that supports their individual arguments regarding what is in the children's best interests. The petitioner should seek to show all of the positive advantages the move will have on the children's lives and futures, whereas the respondent should offer evidence as to the strain on visitation and potential harm to the child arising from their damaged relationship, as well as how the children benefit from staying put.

 Call me.                                                                      401- 884-1962                                                                                  Attorney Nelson F. Brinckerhoff

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