All families change over time. As their needs and goals change, legal action may be necessary to make sure that existing court orders evolve to meet new family requirements. What was suitable to the parties at the time of the divorce may no longer work as jobs change, children age and parents remarry. At Callahan, Barraco & Inman P.C., we help families obtain appropriate modifications to child support, child custody, visitation, time sharing and alimony. We also address relocation issues when parents move into or out of Rhode Island.
Modifications of child custody or time sharing, child support and alimony often require proof to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. Substantial changes can be as simple as a greater financial need or increase in income, or may include a change in your child’s environment or time sharing.
We advocate for your rights in court to help you get the child support and child custody modifications you and your children need, and guide you through the often difficult procedures to get results. We also help families with domestication of foreign or out-of-state judgments, assisting them in obtaining court orders that ask the State to treat an order from another state as its own. Domestications for matters like child support and visitation can be especially useful when families with children move into or out of the state.
When you bring your modification case to our firm, we review your goals with you. Then we examine the existing agreements between you and your ex-spouse or child’s parent. Together we set realistic, achievable objectives to bring before the Rhode Island family court judge. Whether you are seeking an adjustment in your spousal or child support, are looking to adjust your visitation schedule, or are attempting to become the primary custodian of your children, we can help.
We take action for you as fast as the Rhode Island family courts allow. We take the time to work closely with you to understand your unique circumstances, goals and concerns.
"“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.”"