Bethlehem, PA asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico

Q: Where does one need to file for child custody in Puerto Rico?

My cousin and his ex girlfriend had their child about 3 months ago now. She has been extremely stubborn the whole pregnancy and thereafter and has not allowed him to see his child. I've seen text messages and she never responds when he asks to see his son. During this time, they were both living in Florida. My cousin moved back to Puerto Rico after numerous and numerous attempts of trying to see his son. He has tried to go to file for custody in Puerto Rico, however, he was told he needs to file in Florida. Is this correct? Also, if it does need to be done in Florida, is there anyway filing can be done online, and or through a lawyer in Puerto Rico, vice versa with a lawyer in Florida?

Also, he doesn't have much money to even pay for a lawyer, is there any assistance for those with low income to cover the costs?

Thank you.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Carolina, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: Hello and thank you for using Justia. Yes he must file for Custody, visitation and/or any other right related to the Child where ever said child lives. If the Child lives un Florida then the request needs to be made in Florida. Your cousin needs to contact the Florida Bar Association for information on free legal services and where to apply. He can also get informatión about the possibility of filing for custody on line and if that is a viable option. You can call them at 1 850-561-5600.

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