Q: Does a person filing divorce have to go to family court in Puerto Rico to determine custody of children?
A friend of mine lived in Puerto Rico until 6 months ago. He moved to Puerto Rico from Florida when his wife moved to Puerto Rico with kids to stay close to kids and be involved in their lives. Even while separated he provides $1000/ month to support the kids. He's been separated from wife for 4 yrs, and wants to file divorce.. will that require going to family court due to having children?
A: Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The divorce process is held in family Court. The process includes determinación of parens patria,custody, child support and visitation rights if the parties do not reach an agreement among themselves. Our system is extremely jealous in protecting the children and always attempts split custody when possible.
A: Yes, the divorce process will be filed and handled in Family Court in Puerto Rico. The family court will also oversee every process that has to do with the parental rights and visitation rights as well as the child custody and the child support matters. It is public policy of the upmost importance for a family court and the State to look out for the well being of the children that are under the Puerto Rico Jurisdiction.
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