Family Court and Supreme Court Appeal

Child Custody:
Callaghan & Callaghan prevailed in an appeal on a child custody matter before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. After years of litigation tangentially related to the custody matter in other courts, one parent sought to be reunified with children. Callaghan & Callaghan argued that despite the outcome of separate litigation and cases, a Family Court’s earlier ruling remained in effect. Callaghan & Callaghan showed that the parent had yet to satisfy requirements to gain visitation. Chief Justice Suttell wrote the opinion supporting Callaghan & Callaghan’s position. This decision was recently cited as a notable case at a statewide judicial conference.

Elisa M. Catley v. Mark D. Sampson, RI Supreme Court Appeal No. 2012-167-AR