Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge

Michael B. Forte

Chief Judge

Biographical
  • Spouse: Rebecca J. Forte (Harrison)
  • Children: Michael Jr., William, Christopher, Cameron
Contact Information
  • J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex, 1 Dorrance Plz., Providence, RI, 02903
  • Office Phone: (401)458-5300
  • TTY: 711
General Background
  • High School: Cranston High School East
  • College: University of Rhode Island
  • Graduate School: Franklin Pierce Law Center
  • Business and Personal Affiliations: Former Legislators Association; Adjunct Professor, Roger Williams University; National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; Rhode Island Trial Judges Association
Public Service Information
  • Public Offices and Appointments: Rhode Island State Senate
  • Prior Government Offices: Little Compton Board of Tax Assessors; Little Compton Town Solicitor
Description
  • The Family Court has jurisdiction over matters relating to delinquent, wayward, dependent, neglected, abused, mentally deficient, or disordered children. The Family Court also hears and determines all petitions for guardianship of any child who has been placed in the care, custody, and control of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The court also has jurisdiction over adoptions, child marriages, paternity proceedings, matters involving domestic relations, juveniles, and all matters relating to the enforcement of laws regulating childcare providers and child placing agencies.

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