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Liability of parents and unemancipated minors for torts to each other

§ 9-1-3.1  Liability of parents and unemancipated minors for torts to each other. – A parent may be held liable for injuries caused to his or her unemancipated minor child by the parent’s negligent acts or omissions. In all cases in which the injured minor is living, prior to the commencement of any civil action hereunder, a petition shall be brought in the superior court in the county in which the injured minor resides for the appointment of a guardian ad litem to pursue the action on behalf of the minor. The guardian ad litem shall not be a member of the minor’s family. Once appointed, the guardian ad litem shall be empowered to make all decisions on behalf of the minor relating to the cause of action against the parent. If the minor is deceased, the civil action may be commenced by his or her executor or administrator.

Legal Notice per Rules of Professional Responsibility: The Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers and attorneys in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer / attorney as an expert or specialist in any field of practice. While this firm maintains joint responsibility, most cases of this type are referred to other attorneys for principle responsibility.

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