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Best Family Law Attorneys in Rhode Island

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in Rhode Island To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in Rhode Island, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in Rhode Island. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
Jesse Nason
Family Lawyer
Cranston, RI
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Erica Janton
Family Lawyer
Cranston, RI
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Dawn M. Cook
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Providence, RI
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Allison Abilheira
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Warren, RI
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Noah Kilroy
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Providence, RI
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Tiffinay Antoch Emery
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Providence, RI
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Marlene Marshall
Family Law and Real Estate Lawyer
Warwick, RI
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David Asa Borts
Family Law and Immigration Lawyer
Pawtucket, RI
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Rhode Island Family Law Legal Resources

Family Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - The AAML is a national organization of highly-skilled negotiators and litigators who represent individuals in family law cases throughout the United States. The Academy's members are known as "Fellows" and have demonstrated a high degree of professionalism, excellence, knowledge and integrity in the practice of family law. The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has over 1650 fellows across all 50 U.S. states.
American College of Family Trial Lawyers (ACFTL) - The ACFTL is an invitation-only, elite organization of 100 of the most skilled family trial lawyers in the United States. Known as diplomates, members who have been accepted into this organization have demonstrated significant litigation skills in complex family law cases. The American College of Family Trial Lawyers has received national recognition through its diplomates handling of well-publicized cases and cutting edge issues in family law.
International Academy of Family Lawyers - The International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) is a non-profit organization that serves family lawyers in the United States and across the world.

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

Rhode Island Government and Court Resources

Rhode Island Attorney General's Office

Rhode Island Attorney General's Office - The Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, headed by the Attorney General appointed by the Governor, functions as the chief legal officer for the state. This office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing Rhode Island in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a diverse range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families

Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families - The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) is responsible for safeguarding the welfare of children and families statewide. DCYF manages child welfare services, conducting investigations into reports of child abuse or neglect, providing interventions and supportive services to families, and overseeing foster care and adoption programs. The department works to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of children by advocating for their best interests and providing assistance to vulnerable families. Additionally, DCYF offers behavioral health services, youth services, and programs to support families in crisis, aiming to promote child safety and strengthen family connections.

Rhode Island Judiciary

Rhode Island Judiciary - The Rhode Island Judiciary is entrusted with the essential responsibility of administering justice within the state. Its duties encompass interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, safeguarding individual rights, ensuring due process, and overseeing family law matters like divorce and child custody. Rhode Island's judiciary also addresses specific legal issues relevant to the state, including maritime and coastal concerns.

Rhode Island Supreme Court

Rhode Island Supreme Court - The Rhode Island Supreme Court functions as the highest appellate court in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law. Its primary duty involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court hears various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout Rhode Island. Additionally, the Rhode Island Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

State of Rhode Island General Assembly

State of Rhode Island General Assembly - The State of Rhode Island General Assembly operates as a bicameral legislature, consisting of the Rhode Island Senate and the Rhode Island House of Representatives. The Senate has 38 members serving two-year terms, while the House comprises 75 members also serving two-year terms. The General Assembly is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and social services.

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