Asked in Child Support and Education Law for Puerto Rico

Q: What would be considered as education after high school so my father will still be obligated to pay alimony?

-Currently going to University of Puerto Rico but don't want to go

- I am forced to do so because if I'm not "studying" I won't be eligible to the alimony I receive currently

-What constitutes as " education" aside from going to college

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

A: Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. In Puerto Rico there is no alimony, Just child support until the age of 21. Once the child tienes 21 the child support order will be eliminated if the non-custodial parent request elimination. After the age of 21until the age of 25, a child can request from both parents economical help for the completion of educational purposes. ( See Key vs. Oyola, 116 DPR 263).(http://www.lexjuris.com/LexJuris/tspr2009/lexj2009134.htm)

Educational purposes is any formal, trade or short carrier schooling or trainiag facility licenced by the Board of Education for second level ( after high school).

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos PRO label
Answered
  • Ponce, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Greetings. The responsibility of feeding the sons and daughters does not end automatically when they are 21 years old. If he or she began studies as minors, they have the right to request child support to finish their studies. However, this is not an absolute right. The amount of the child support will depend on the needs of the son or daughter, the financial capability of the non custodial parent and the priority that other minor dependents may have. In addition, it is not enough that the son or daughter is studying so that the obligation to pay for their studies arises. The son or daughter must show that he is responsible and able to take advantage of his studies.

That being said. The education for child support purposes is any professional training, license, university or college professional preparation or certification that is approved by a board of education.

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