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divorce can cause ramifications that impact more than just the two spouses ending
their marriage, especially if it is a heated
contested divorce. Children will clearly be affected but many people do not realize that
a divorce can negatively impact grandparents. For some grandparents, it
becomes next to impossible to visit their grandchildren due to the end
result of the divorce or the undue restrictions of the parent that wins primary
In Rhode Island, grandparents do have inherent rights to see their grandchildren,
even when a divorce has divided the family tree. If you require assistance
with protecting your rights as a grandparent, you can rely on The Law
Office of Patricia A. Sullivan and our
Rhode Island divorce attorney.
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Rhode Island Laws on Grandparents’ Rights
Under Rhode Island family law statutes, grandparents do have specific claims to
visitation rights. In some situations, they may even be able to assume custody of their
grandchild, such as when domestic violence, neglect, or other forms of
abuse are prevalent in the child’s current household.
In order to exercise grandparents’ rights, the following must occur:
- The grandparent is physically and mentally capable of caring for a child.
- The grandparent has made reasonable attempts to visit the grandchild within
the last 3 months.
- Unreasonable means were used by either parent to deny the grandparent visitation.
- Alternative solutions have been explored and concluded without success.
In addition to the aforementioned conditions being met, it must be proven
that it is in the child’s best interest to be visited by or live
with their grandparent; this is a common trend among divorce and family
law cases. Lastly, if both parents of the grandchild have passed away,
it may be significantly easier for a grandparent to win custody rights.
Difference Between Legal Guardianship & Child Custody for Grandparents
Child custody provides rights for the parents of a child while legal guardianship
provides similar rights to non-parental adults, like grandparents. Legal
guardians have the right to make legal decisions for the child as well
as provide for care for the grandchild.
Discover Your Rights & Defend Them
As a responsible grandparent, you actually have visitation and custody
rights at all times, not only after your grandchild’s parents dissolve
their marriage. To learn more about your rights and how to utilize them
to your grandchild’s benefit, you can turn to our Rhode Island attorney. Call
contact our law firm online today.