Richmond, VA asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico

Q: Who has Jurisdiction of the child support case if the father of my son and my son lives in Philadelphia and I moved to

Puerto Rico, but the father was the one to submit the peticion requesting child support?

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2 Lawyer Answers
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
  • Carolina, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The jurisdiction belongs to the Court that issued the child support order or has a pending case where the child is a resident. If an order to pay child support has been issued then that issuing Court will have continual and exclusive jurisdiction on said matter even if the child is no longer a resident of said jurisdiction as long as one of the parties to the case continúes to reside in said jurisdiction. If no order has been issued by any Court then the jurisdiction belongs to the Court where the child resides. Please refer to the Uniforme Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) the link is; https://definitions.uslegal.com/u/uniform-interstate-family-support-act/

Jose Rivera
Jose Rivera
Answered
  • Ponce, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Philadelphia the place where he filed will have jurisdiction and they will request the assistance of any jurisdiction you relocate to.

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