It is unfortunate but very common for grandparents to be alienated from their grandchildren if by reason of a divorce, separation or death of one of the parents. The court may order grandparents visitation rights under certain circumstances. If a parent died, the parents of the deceased parent (grandparent) may be awarded reasonable rights of visitation under Rhode Island Law. RIGL 15-5-24.3 sets forth the relevant factors that the court will consider in determining whether grandparent visitation is in the best interest of the child. Some of these factors include the nature of the relationship between the child and the grandparent seeking visitation, the amount of time the child and the grandparent has spent together, the potential benefit and detriment to the child should an order of visitation be made, etc. Attorney Finkelman can advise you on your rights as a grandparent wishing to maintain a relationship with your grandchild.
Attorney Denise Cassisi Finkelman is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Rhode Island and Connecticut and in the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island. With over a decade of litigation experience, in various areas of practice including Family Law, Probate, Personal Injury, Criminal and Administrative Hearings. Most of her time is dedicated to her practice of Family Law. She has extensive experience in all matters heard in Rhode Island Family Court; more specifically, Divorce and Separation, Custody, Placement & Visitation, Child Support, Department of Children Youth Family Services hearings, Adoptions, Termination of Parental Rights, Modification of Existing Family Court Orders, Drafting Prenuptial Agreements, Grandparent’s Rights etc. Additionally, she has represented children as a Guardian Ad Litem in contested Family Court matters.