Bill would lift grandchild visitation wait period


The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that would eliminate the 90-day waiting period before grandparents may petition Family Court for the right to see their estranged grandchildren.

A Family Court judge would still decide whether grandparents should be given visitation rights under the legislation sponsored by state Sen. Hanna Gallo, D-Cranston. But they would be able to petition the court for that right at any time.

Gallo called the waiting period arbitrary and said it gets in the way of important family interactions.

The state Senate approved the bill unanimously. An identical House bill is awaiting a committee hearing.

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