Legal & Family Court Resources

The RI Family Courts utilize the “best interest of the child” standard in Child Custody Visitation cases. Custody decisions are made in all types of Domestic matters including: DCYF, Family Law, Post Divorce, Paternity and Restraining Order Cases.

*The below list is not all-inclusive and is intended as a guidepost.

Special Advocated for Children (CASA)


CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates

Founded in 1978 by the Family Court for children who have been abused and/or neglected and found themselves involved with the Dept of Children, Youth, Families (DCYF) and the Family Court.   Court APpointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers appointed by the court to advocate for the best interest of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children. CASA tried to ensure that children do not “fall through the cracks” of the system that is there to help them.

Court Forms


Court Forms

RI Court Forms – links that allow you to download and print forms you may need for your court case.
Spanish & Portuguese translated forms also found here.

Justia – Grandparents Custody & Visitation


Justia -Research Links
Research any topic.  This link focuses on Grandparent Rights, Custody & Visitation

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