Margate, FL asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico

Q: I am very soon getting joint custody of my son. I have an opportunity to get specialized training in the states

That will give me a lucrative occupation and more income. It will take a year or so. Can I keep joint custody and have him spend time there with me in the states while IIm getting my degree?Unfortunately will change the agreement on the days and time I keep him as we are proposing. Time is an essence for this opportunity.I plan to increase child support to help while I’m gone and put my things in storage until I’m back. I love Puerto Rico and have lived here 10 years.

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

A: Greetings:

You will have to notify the court of any changes and circumstances that may alter the agreements so it won't cause any conflict that may affect or reverse any progress on the custody agreements achieved in court.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • San Juan, PR
  • Licensed in Puerto Rico

A: I'm assuming that your endeavor to procure joint custody is through the Puerto Rico Courts. If so, I advise that you openly let the courts know of your plans to obtain specialized training in the states. I agree that it may impact your schedule for spending time with your child, in the short term. Depending on your son's age, you may request through the courts that your son spend time with you during specific times of the year (i.e., summer, Thanksgiving, etc.) or reach some form of compromise with your son's other parent. What you should not do is hide this trip from the courts; as it'll affect on your credibility.

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