For most of us, the majority of our time is spent with our family, often behind closed doors; but states have several laws that regulate certain legal processes and account for family-related crimes such as child abuse. Welcome to FindLaw's section highlighting the family laws of Rhode Island, with authoritative articles on the law written for non-attorneys. In this section, you will learn about the legal requirements for getting married -- or divorced -- as well as other family-related processes such as adoption, child custody, child support, and marriage. In addition, you'll find information about child abuse and how to obtain a protective order. Click on a link below to learn more.