Knowledgeable Visitation Attorneys in North Kingstown Putting Children First

Protecting your parental rights during RI divorce

Children have the right to maintain close relationships with both their parents. A successful visitation plan allows children to maintain a bond with their separated parents. In addition, a well-formulated plan can help children and parents adjust to the divorce.

For 30 years, Warwick visitation attorney Kerry I. Rafanelli has guided parents through the crucial issues concerning their children -- including child visitation, child custody and child support. In most cases, we can negotiate a positive and workable visitation plan. If the other parent refuses to cooperate, however, we vehemently advocate your parental rights at trial.

Factors considered in a visitation order

Unless, a judge determines that contact is detrimental to the child(ren), the noncustodial parent is granted liberal visitation through a court order. The court follows Rhode Island guidelines when issuing its order of visitation, but may alter the plan based on such factors as:

  • Geographical proximity between the children and noncustodial parent
  • Each parent's work schedule
  • Any restrictions on travel of noncustodial parent or children
  • Unique issues that require special consideration

Creating an effective parenting plan through mediation

Our team emphasizes mediation between parents to reach an agreement on a parenting plan that is best for you, the other parent and your children. We help you develop a successful parenting plan that addresses:

  • Weekdays and weekends
  • Summer and school schedules
  • School vacations (Holiday, Winter and Spring breaks)
  • Thanksgiving
  • Holidays of interest to one parent -- such as birthdays, mother's day or father's day
  • Religious holidays
  • Three-day weekends
  • Flexibility for family events -- such as weddings or reunions

Mediation has several advantages -- including reducing costs, settling your case more expediently and minimizing the stress associated with litigating your divorce. This alternative dispute resolution method also fosters cooperation that helps you interact more amicably with each other and helps your children cope with the changes.

Learn more about visitation from dedicated divorce lawyers serving Warwick, Cranston, East Greenwich and Coventry, RI

Consult an experienced East Greenwich attorney who can assist you in developing an effective visitation schedule. Call Kerry I. Rafanelli, Attorney at Law or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.