Per the UCCJEA it is critical that we know where the father lives now to assist you.
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As you and the children are now citizens of Rhode Island the family courts here should have jurisdiction over you and the children. You should consider having a consultation with an attorney who practices in the family law
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This sounds like a complex matter that is best addressed in confidence with a local family court practitioner. Make an appointment and meet with one in private to keep your personal details and the advice you receive out of the public(and your former spouses') eye.
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