When couples file divorce, grandparents aren't automatically granted rights to child visitation. In Rhode Island divorce, it is possible to petition for visitation rights for grandparents. When granting grandparent visitation, the Rhode Island divorce court will consider what's in the best interest of the child.
If the petitioner feels the presumption that the parent's decision to not allow visitation is unreasonable and can't visit the child without court intervention, he or she may petition for child visitation rights.
The divorce court will determine if the petitioner is fit to have child visitation rights and the petitioner has previously attempted to visit the grandchild within the 90 days before the day the petition was filed.
A local Rhode Island divorce lawyer can explain your rights to child visitation as a grandparent. Connect by calling 877-349-1310 or filling out a Rhode Island divorce case review form. Make sure you have a long future and healthy relationship with your grandchild.
The above synopsis of Rhode Island divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Rhode Island divorce lawyer in your area.
Rhode Island divorce laws were last updated July 2009.
Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.