Q: How do I get guardianship of a minor in Puerto Rico, my sister wants me to keep her son for a year or more.
I live in the states
A: For a short term guardianship, a sworn testimony from your sister and your nephew's father would be sufficient, stating the date on which the minor would leave Puerto Rico, the date on which your nephew would return to his mom, the address where your nephew would physically reside in your care, and explicitly stating that you'd be authorized to make decisions to guarantee your nephew's physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. I'd recommend that your sister also include the reason(s) why she wishes her son to remain with you for so long a period. Please observe that both parents must subscribe said sworn statement before a notary. Is the boy's father aware of his son's trip abroad? Is he in agreement with said journey? If only one of the parent's agrees to the trip without the knowledge or authorization of the other, the disagreeing parent may go to court to impede the journey.
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