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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: I am married but my last two children are not my husband's. How can I end his parental rights.

How can I prove he is not the father and end his parental rights

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon answered on Oct 1, 2021

The Puerto Rico Civil Code establishes a presumption that children begotten within a marriage are the offspring of both spouses. A simple paternity test can determine whether of not your husband is the biological father.

Ending your spouse's paternity rights, however, is another...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My sister passed away in Puerto Rico. I want to assume custody of my youngest nephew. His Dad has is not part of his lif

How can I get custody and how long does it take? My wife and I can take great care of him but we need to get back to FL in aprox 10 days.

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon answered on Sep 22, 2021

Good afternoon. As a general rule, Puerto Rico courts procure that guardians of orphaned minors reside within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; unless no other alternative guardians are available to care for the minor. A custody case requires that close kin be present at the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: I have a court order video call visitation for my daughter(5yo) How can I modify it to physical visitations in Utuado
Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Jul 21, 2021

Greetings:

You will have to file a modification of visitation rights and regime.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: My younger sister was removed from my mothers home. I Only have 1 bedroom in my sm apt. I am employed will they give her

Does she need to have her own room? I have a pull out bed for her in my room.

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Apr 13, 2021

Greetings

As her legal guardian the state can try to make sure that the minor has her own space and that she-he is provided with everything required for her/his well being taking in consideration the economic means and capability of the legal guardian to be able to take care of the minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can I relinquish provisional custody of my cousin?

I got provisional custody of my cousin that is 18 years old as of now. His father is dead and her mother is in the USA , he has a sister but its also in the USA.Also his mother was in a legal battle with his father for years ( she left the kid with his father when he was around 4 years old or 6... Read more »

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Feb 12, 2021

Greetings:

You may have to address these issues directly to the court. Right now you have physical custody. Since it was temporary. You can request for other guardians to take custody and responsibility.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: Como puedo salir de PR para irnos para los EU y este casada legalmente con el padre de mis hijos y el no quiere ?
Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Dec 3, 2020

Saludos:

Se hace mediante una petición ante el tribunal mediante de un abogado y existen otros asuntos relacionados a atender.

Si tiene alguna otra duda, no dude en contactarnos directamente. Estamos para servirle.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: I live in the US, my children live in PR. The dept social services has asked me to go meet with them.

They see reason to remove kids from mom. If I am awarded physical custody do I have to relocate to Puerto Rico or can I bring kids to US. We are now in court fighting for custody.

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Nov 12, 2020

Greetings:

If you're fighting for legal custody this means you have a legal representative. It is not our place to intervene in your attorney/client relationship or give you any legal counsel that may give the appearance of improper intervention due to ethical rules.

if...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How long does my son's father have to be absent to be considered abandonment, and terminate his parental rights?

We are not married. His name is not on the birth certificate. I have proof he denied the baby, refused involvement, left &moved states during the pregnancy. I have proof that he refuses to tell me where he is. I offered him a DNA test which he also refuses. He has not offered any financial... Read more »

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Oct 25, 2020

Greetings:

You'll have to file a parental filiation or parentage case and all the case related to it. These type of case are very technical, so we advice you to hire legal representation.

If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us. We will be glad to be at your service.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: If both parents have 50% custody and one of the children wants to live with the father, what age can child say so
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Sep 28, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. There is no specified age in law. The general standard is that at age 10 the Child has an opinión but the Court is not obligated. The key factor is the best resource for the child regardless of the age.

If you need additional information please feel...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Puerto Rico on
Q: My daughter & son in law are drug addicts and alcoholics and are neglectful of their two children. CPS & 911 reports

on file in PR. Can grandparents get temporary custody while court requires rehabilitation?

We live in Wa state! Our home was the children’s home away from home before they moved from here to PR! Son in law is abusive to our daughter and has complete control over her! What can be done to... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Aug 2, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Yes the Grandparents can petitión for custody of the children if thier wellbeing is at risk. This is done by filing a petition in Family Court, notifying the Family Department, notifying the Child Protection Agency or directly with the Court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: I’m 16, can I decide with whom I want to live?

Hi! I’m 16 and I would like to know if I could decide with whom I want to live. My parents were not married when they had me so my mother has custody of me but she is moving to Florida and I have expressed her that I don’t want to live there, I want to stay in Puerto Rico but they don’t... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jul 25, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You can have your Father petitión for your custody. At the Hearing of the Petitión you will be able to testify and you opinión will be heard. This will in most instances allow a Court to rule in your Father's favor and allow you to stay un Puerto Rico.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is there a legal age that a child can decide where they would like to live.

My daughter has express multiple times wanting to live with me. What can I do?

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Jul 21, 2020

Greetings:

It may depend on many factors, but you can certainly retain the services of an attorney and file for legal custody and all the cases related to the matter.

The court will evaluate and order a social study, as well as an evaluation to oversee if such changes will result on...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is it possible to move to New York from Puerto Rico without the father's permission?

We are not married and he left us when she was 2 1/2 months to Texas then to Florida. He came back in November 2019. He now lives in PR but has rarely visited us. My daughter is now 1 year and a few months old. He has really made much efforts on helping us. My mother and grandmother has been... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 27, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You will need the Father's consent to travel with the child to New York. If the Father does not give consent then you will need to request Court Authority for travel and transfer of the Child to New York.

Your case presents a special complication....
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: Im not married to my sons father and i want to leave puerto rico due to domestic violence. Can he sue me for kidnapping?
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 8, 2020

That is a question of Puerto Rican law, not Florida Law.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: Mother of my two daughters left to Las Vegas without my permission. How do I enforce bringing them back to PR?

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Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on May 4, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You will need a certified copy of the Court Order and attached a Apostille Stamp from the State Department un Puerto Rico. With the document, you Will appear in the Las Vegas Court House and request a Court Marshalls assistance to get your daughters.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: if a parent leaves their child for months at a time and the child was in university (19-20yo) what should happen. in PR*

legal and step parent left puerto rico for just about 4 months and saying that they werent going to come back to live but now live in PR again and now that (now 20yo) lives in their boyfriends mothers house. and gets no support and no financial support from their parent. now has been almost 7... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Apr 7, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The daughter is a minor until age 21 thus she has a right to request Child Support from her parents. Since she is a student she may qualifying for económical support until the age of 25 or date of graduatión, which ever occurs first.

The Child Support...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
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... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Mar 18, 2020

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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I get in contact with someone in the interstate child support enforcement office to get this going?
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Mar 9, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You can attempt to contact them by visiting the Department of Family Child Welfare División. They will be able to guise you in your quest.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Puerto Rico on
Q: How can we fight to not pay past dues on Child Support when the non-custodial parent was deployed overseas?

NCP deployed overseas, ex wife filed for child support in PR saying he wasn’t paying any money. He has proof that he was sending money to his youngest son, the other two he wasn’t sending money because prior to a case being opened in PR they had child support agreements in Philadelphia. The... Read more »

Jose M. Rivera Santos
Jose M. Rivera Santos answered on Mar 4, 2020

Greetings;

You will have to request a review of the case and hearings to present the evidence that can prove that there were child support cases in other jurisdictions, present copy of the deployment orders and that one of the dependents was living with dad a long with any other evidence...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My brother pays for child support In Puerto Rico his ex wife does not allow visitation to see his daughters .
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jan 29, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Your brother has to file a motion requesting visitation. This will have the Court regulate the visitation process and garantee his right to have visitation with his daughters. The Court will obligate the Mother to allow visitation and paternal relationships. It... Read more »

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