Title 15
Domestic Relations

Chapter 8.1
Uniform Parentage Act

Article 7
Parentage by Assisted Reproduction

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-8.1-708

§ 15-8.1-708. Parentage orders of children born of assisted reproduction.

(a) An individual consenting to assisted reproduction consistent with this article, an individual who is a parent pursuant to §§ 15-8.1-703 and 15-8.1-704, or the individual giving birth, may commence a proceeding in the family court, before, on, or after birth of a resulting child, to obtain a parentage order or determination of parentage:

(1) Declaring that the intended parent or parents are the parent or parents of the resulting child and ordering that parental rights and responsibilities vest exclusively in the intended parent or parents immediately upon the birth of the child;

(2) Sealing the record from the public to protect the privacy of the child and the parties;

(3) Designating the contents of the birth certificate and directing the department of health to designate the intended parent or parents as the parent or parents of the child; or

(4) For any relief that the court determines necessary and proper.

(b) A proceeding under this section may be commenced before, on, or after the birth of the child.

(c) Neither the donor, the state, nor the department of health is a necessary party to a proceeding under this section.

(d) The family court shall forward a certified copy of the order issued pursuant to this section to the department of health and to the intended parents or their representative.

(e) The intended parent or parents and any resulting child shall have access to the court records relating to the proceeding at any time.

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