Q: Can my ex-spouse re-request child support in PR after my child turns 18 - IF our custody order was created in a US state
We had a child custody order, and I maintain jursidiction in my state. She moved to PR with child. Based on my state, child support will end at 18. After it's completed, can she in turn file for child support in PR upon my child turning 18 as a new child support case?
A: First off, she must reside in Puerto Rico with your child for a year, in order to demostrate residence. Once Puerto Rico is the state of residence, adulthood is achieved upon reaching 21. So long as you pay child support, you can present the case to the court or to ASUME (the Administration for Sustenance of Minors, by its Spanish acronym) to demostrate that an existing court order is active. However, if she decide to go to PR court having residence here, she can certainly request an extension of benefits until your child is 21. If your child decides to go to college, you may be forced to provide child support at least until your child reaches 25.
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