Rhode Island Grandparents Visitation Law


Divorce – Grandparents Visitation – Rhode Island

Visitation rights of grandparents.
The court may, upon miscellaneous petition of a grandparent whose child is deceased, grant reasonable visitation rights of the grandchild or grandchildren to the grandparent, whether or not any divorce or custody proceedings were ever commenced, and may issue all necessary orders to enforce visitation rights.
Title 15, Chap. 15-5, § 15-5-24.1

Visitation rights of grandparents whose child is denied or has failed to exercise rights.
In any divorce proceeding the family court may, upon petition of a grandparent whose grandchild is a child of the marriage, grant reasonable visitation rights of the grandchild to the grandparent. The court may issue all necessary orders to enforce visitation rights. Once a grandparent has been granted reasonable visitation rights, notice of any petition and/or order providing for a change in custody or visitation shall be provided to the grandparent.
Title 15, Chap. 15-5, § 15-5-24.2

Visitation rights – Grandparents and siblings.
The family court, upon miscellaneous petition of a grandparent for visitation rights with the petitioner’s grandchild, and upon notice to both parents of the child and notice to the child, and after a hearing on the petition, may grant reasonable rights of visitation of the grandchild to the petitioner.

The court, in order to grant the petitioner reasonable rights of visitation, must find and set forth in writing the following findings of fact:

(1) That it is in the best interest of the grandchild that the petitioner is granted visitation rights with the grandchild;

(2) That the petitioner is a fit and proper person to have visitation rights with the grandchild;

(3) That the petitioner has repeatedly attempted to visit his or her grandchild during the ninety (90) days immediately preceding the date the petition was filed and was not allowed to visit the grandchild during the ninety (90) day period as a direct result of the actions of either, or both parents of the grandchild;

(4) That there is no other way the petitioner is able to visit his or her grandchild without court intervention; and

(5) That the petitioner, by clear and convincing evidence, has successfully rebutted the presumption that the parent’s decision to refuse the grandparent visitation with the grandchild was reasonable.

The family court, upon miscellaneous petition of, or on behalf of, a sibling(s) for visitation rights with a minor brother(s), and/or step-brother(s), and/or sister(s), and/or step-sister(s) of such sibling(s) and upon notice to both parents of the minor and notice to the minor, and after a hearing on the petition, may grant reasonable rights of visitation of the minor to a sibling(s).

The court, in order to grant a sibling(s) reasonable rights of visitation, must find and set forth in writing the following findings of fact:

(1) That it is in the best interest of the minor that a sibling(s) be granted visitation rights with the minor;

(2) That the sibling(s) is a fit and proper person to have visitation rights with the minor;

(3)That the sibling(s) was not allowed to visit the minor during the ninety (90) day period immediately preceding the date the petition was filed as a direct result of the actions of either, or both parents or guardians of the minor;

(4) That there is no other way the sibling(s) is able to visit the minor without court intervention; and

(5) That the sibling(s), by clear and convincing evidence, has successfully rebutted the presumption that the parental decision to refuse the visitation with the minor was reasonable.

The court may issue all necessary orders relative to the visitation rights it has granted. Once a petition has been granted, notice of any petition seeking a change in custody or visitation shall be served on the petitioner
Title 15, Chap. 15-5, § 15-5-24.3