Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 8.1
Uniform Parentage Act

Article 3
Voluntary Acknowledgment of Parentage

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-8.1-301

§ 15-8.1-301. Acknowledgment of parentage.

(a) The following individuals may sign an acknowledgment of parentage to establish parentage of a child:

(1) An individual who gave birth to the child;

(2) An individual who is the alleged genetic parent of the child;

(3) An individual who is an intended parent of the child under § 15-8.1-703; and

(4) A presumed parent under article 4 of this chapter.

(b) The acknowledgment shall be signed by both the individual who gave birth to the child and by the individual seeking to establish a parent-child relationship and shall be witnessed and signed by at least one other individual and shall contain the following provisions:

(1) A statement that the child whose parentage is being acknowledged does not have a presumed parent other than the individual seeking to establish the parent-child relationship or has a presumed parent whose full name is stated and does not have another acknowledged, adjudicated or intended parent under articles 7 and 8 of this chapter other than the individual who gave birth to the child.

(2) A statement that the signatories understand that the acknowledgment is the equivalent of an adjudication of parentage of the child and that a challenge to the acknowledgment is permitted only under limited circumstances and is barred two (2) years after the effective date of the acknowledgment unless there is another presumed parent or genetic parent who could not reasonably have known about the birth of the child and commences a proceeding under this section within two (2) years after learning of the child’s birth.

History of Section.
P.L. 2020, ch. 59, § 2; P.L. 2020, ch. 60, § 2.