Cumberland, RI asked in Divorce and Family Law for Rhode Island

Q: I found out yesterday that my ex mother-in-law left my 9 year old daughter home alone for 15 min. Is this okay?

I am divorced and I found out yesterday that my ex mother-in-law left my 9 year old daughter home alone for 15 min because she needed to take my son to school because his bus never showed up at the bus stop. So instead of bringing my daughter with them to drop my son off, she left her home alone. Again, she is only 9 years old. Their father is away on business so that is why my ex-mother-in-law had them. Need help with this, since I don't approve.

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: If the child was not in danger, they may argue that it does not constitute neglect. Talk to your attorney about the possibility of a first right for parenting time when either parent is not available to care for the child . . . such as when one parent must be travelling for an extended period.

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