At Callahan, Barraco & Inman, P.C., with offices in Providence, our experienced attorneys help Rhode Islanders from all walks of life resolve a wide range of family law matters, from divorce to child custody to adoption. Drawing on more than 50 years of combined experience and taking a personal interest in each case, we are able to achieve strong results for our clients. No matter how complicated your family issues, we can help you find a practical solution that is in the best interests of you and your family. As fierce negotiators and skilled litigators, we are prepared to take whatever steps are necessary, in court or at the bargaining table, to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
In Rhode Island, couples can file for divorce based on fault or no-fault grounds. In no-fault cases, a couple can seek divorce for irreconcilable differences or after living apart for three or more years. Fault-based divorce, on the other hand, typically involves grounds such as adultery, abuse, or alcoholism or drug use. In these cases, proving fault can sometimes lead to a larger share of marital property or spousal support or may offer an advantage in a contested child custody matter. A divorce can also be contested, where spouses cannot agree on one or more issues, or uncontested, where they agree on all issues. Our firm represents spouses in all aspects of contested and uncontested divorce, including military and same-sex divorce cases.
The division of marital property in Rhode Island is based on the principle of equitable distribution. This means the judge will divide property in a way that is fair, but not necessarily equal, by considering factors such as:
These factors also play a part in the determination of alimony. Our experienced family attorneys can evaluate your situation and come up with an efficient strategy to best position you to get the property and spousal support you deserve.
In divorces with children, one parent may be awarded sole custody, or parents may share custody of their children. When parents cannot agree on child custody and visitation arrangements, the court will make a decision based on what’s in the best interests of the child. Rhode Island courts typically start from the position that most children benefit from frequent, ongoing contact with both parents, although the court may deny visitation to a parent deemed abusive.
When it comes to child support, both parents are expected to financially contribute to their minor children’s well-being; in some cases, they may be responsible for helping to support an adult child with physical or mental disabilities. Rhode Island courts follow certain guidelines for awarding child support and generally consider factors such as a parent’s income and resources and how much time the child spends with each parent. Let us passionately advocate for your parental rights in custody, support or modification proceedings.
Serving clients throughout Rhode Island, Callahan, Barraco & Inman, P.C. skillfully represents husbands and wives in divorce cases and fights for mothers and fathers in child support, child custody and adoption matters. To schedule a free consultation, please call our Providence law office at 401-433-9291 or contact us online.
"“David Callahan took exceptional responsibility and got me more than I even expected to get.” " - - Micko D.
"“Attorney David Callahan had relieved a great deal of anxiety. His positive attitude and wise council along with his understanding of my particular situation made things a bit easier. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a man who is kind and will support your needs, yet be tough when he has to.” " - - Jennifer S.
"“I was very nervous about entering into the legal process of establishing my paternal rights with my son but Attorney Laurel A. Barraco eased my fears and made me comfortable right off the bat. She spoke to me as an equal, very friendly and not looking down on me from a high horse, as my previous experience with other lawyers had shown me. As she explained how the process goes, I began to feel more confident about my situation. She was extremely poised when negotiating with the opposing party involved. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very grateful for all the hard work that Attorney Laurel A. Barraco put in helping me with a custody battle that is an extremely stressful situation to go I was very nervous about entering into the legal process of establishing my paternal rights with my son but Attorney Laurel A. Barraco eased my fears and made me comfortable right off the bat. She spoke to me as an equal, very friendly and not looking down on me from a high horse, as my previous experience with other lawyers had shown me. As she explained how the process goes, I began to feel more confident about my situation. She was extremely poised when negotiating with the opposing party involved. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very grateful for all the hard work that Attorney Laurel A. Barraco put in helping me with a custody battle that is an extremely stressful situation to go Hands down the best decision I ever made.”" - - Mike O.
"“Attorney David Callahan has been my lawyer since 2008. He is an attorney that you can trust and know that he is in your corner. He has a warm personality and is completely down to earth. He never makes you feel like your case is not important or that you do not matter. He will take the opportunity to get to know you. He takes his time to listen and explain to you in easy details about the fees and how the court process works so that you clearly understand. Whenever I needed to follow up with him about a case, he is always available and if he was unavailable because he was in court, he would always call you back that same day or the following. He has handled all of my cases from car accidents to child support. Attorney Callahan made sure that I got what was truly entitled to me – no doubt. I never once felt stressed out about my cases because I knew that he was on top of it. He will always give you the best legal service possible and that's why I will continue to keep him as my lawyer.”" - - Demetris T.
""Attorney Dave Callahan recently handled my divorce. He was professional, easy to talk to and provided fantastic, straight-forward and clear counsel throughout the process. He got me through a tough situation with the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a top notch lawyer who will get the job done."" - - Peter E.
"“Laurel and her team were excellent to work with. I found them to be fair, knowledgeable, compassionate, and responsive. My divorce case was particularly intense, and financially complex. I was able to build relationships with lawyers having specific expertise in the subject matter at hand. I found all three lawyers I worked with to be equally professional, and just simply good people to work with. They supported me through what could have been a disaster, to a very good resolution.” " - Greg A.
"“Laurel advised me in a divorce and custody dispute and helped me get the best result possible for my client. She has extensive knowledge on divorce and custody proceedings, and I highly recommend her.”" - Attorney Kathryn G.
"“I wanted to shoot you a note and thank you for yesterday! I appreciated your transparency and ability to manage the court room. Regardless of the outcome I do not feel that you could have done anything better than you did or that someone else could have done better…. Your ability to take over the case and manage the details effectively was impressive.” (note to Attorney Irena Inman)" - Robert J.
"“Attorney Irena W. Inman took on my very difficult case involving a restraining order and children. She was extremely professional, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable. She made all the difference in the case and it meant the world of difference for me, a father who is now reunited with his children. I highly recommend her!”"
"“Irena helped me when I had to adjust my child support and then was countersued by my X-wife for stuff the Judge threw out. It's been a few years, but Irena did a fine job when I hired her and she was much better than my divorce attorney was and Irena had been practicing for about 2 years then? . Wish I had known who she was during my divorce, but I believe she was still in college then. I definitely recommend her and would utilize her expertise again.”"