§ 15-8-1 Obligations of the father
§ 15-8-2 Enforcement
§ 15-8-3 Presumption of paternity
§ 15-8-4 Limitation on recovery from the father
§ 15-8-5 Limitations of recovery from father’s estate
§ 15-8-6 Statute of limitations
§ 15-8-7 Jurisdiction and remedies
§ 15-8-8 Clear and convincing evidence
§ 15-8-8.1 Trial by court
§ 15-8-9 Venue
§ 15-8-10 Time of trial
§ 15-8-11 Parentage tests
§ 15-8-15 Evidence relating to paternity
§ 15-8-16 Civil action
§ 15-8-17 Hearings and records — Confidentiality
§ 15-8-18 Judgments
§ 15-8-18.1 Entry of default and default judgment
§ 15-8-19 Judgments — Enforcement
§ 15-8-20 Bond
§ 15-8-21 Settlement agreements
§ 15-8-22 False declaration of identity
§ 15-8-23 Birth records
§ 15-8-24 Appeals
§ 15-8-25 Costs
§ 15-8-26 Action to declare mother and child relationship
§ 15-8-27 Voluntary acknowledgement — Family court practice
§ 15-8-28 Duty of parents to notify department

Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws > Chapter 15-8

  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • in writing: include printing, engraving, lithographing, and photo-lithographing, and all other representations of words in letters of the usual form. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-16
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • oath: includes affirmation; the word "sworn" includes affirmed; and the word "engaged" includes either sworn or affirmed. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-11
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • person: extends to and includes co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Pleadings: Written statements of the parties in a civil case of their positions. In the federal courts, the principal pleadings are the complaint and the answer.
  • Probate: Proving a will
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.