Parental Rights in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Parental Rights News
Rhode Island State Law and Parental Rights
Rhode Island does not have a state statute that explicitly defines and protects parental rights as fundamental rights.
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Rhode Island Courts and Parental Rights
Rhode Island's State Supreme Court has long held that "[n]atural parents have a fundamental liberty interest in the care, custody, and management of their child..." See, e.g., In re Manuel P., 252 A.3d 1211, 1218 (R.I. 2021); In re Indiana M., 230 A.3d 577, 583 (R.I. 2020); In re Antonio G., 657 A.2d 1052, 1057 (R.I. 1995). Because parental rights have been held as "fundamental," the standard of "strict scrutiny" may (or may not) be applied the next time these rights are taken up by the high court.