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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, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. 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 Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: I ordered a new Puerto Rico birth certificate about 3 months. Is there a way to for someone to go pick one up personally

I have ordered directly and through their recommended site. It’s been over 90 days

Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. answered on Feb 23, 2021

Greetings

The registry is working strictly on appointments and orders. Due to a large demand the request of birth certificates has piled up overwhelmingly during the pandemic situation we currently have.

I understand that you might have and urgent matter to attend, and while there...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My grandmother was guardian of my mentally ill adult cousin. My grandmother has since passed away. What happens now?

Since my grandmother died, his accounts have been frozen and his disability checks have stopped coming. He cannot take care of himself and since he has no money his health care coverage has lapsed. Now he cannot get the mental health medication that he needs. My parents, both in their 70's are... Read more »

Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. answered on Feb 18, 2021

Greetings

First, You will have to write a letter with the case number to the agency (veterans or Social security) to make initial contact about the situation. To have that feedback, they will give you more clear options. The remedy will depend on the government agency. You may also have to...
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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, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. 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 Family Law and Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hello! Is it possible for me ( daughter ) to refuse any past due child support from my parent now that I'm almost 30?

My Dad has a past due amount that he owns to us, we are older, we don't want that money and we would like to know if we can file a letter or something refusing all the right to any past due amount ... Thank You!

Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. answered on Feb 6, 2021

Greetings

Yes you can. You can contact the agency that has jurisdiction over the case and write a letter and they will follow up on it.

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, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. 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 for Puerto Rico on
Q: is a guardianship valid if the paper was notarized before i signed?
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. answered on Nov 14, 2020

Greetings:

You and the parties involved have to be present in front of the notary when the document gets notarized. The parties involved have to sign on one joined act.

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

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: i gave temporary guardianship to my cousin but i didn't go to a court or a lawyer i just signedknow i want him back

she doesn't want to give him to me she says i have no right but i am his mom and it was an agreement that he would come back with me

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

Greetings:

You have the right to and will have to file through legal representation in a court of law of law so you have your child back with you and for the court to evaluate if the agreement of temporary custody has been met and and that you are in the best position and ability to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Hi, does a father have any legal rights to his children even if his name is on the Birth Cert. but never married lived w

Hi, does a father have any legal rights to his children even if his name is on the Birth Cert. but never married or lived with the child?

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

Greetings;

The answer is yes. You have all legal rights and obligations towards your children, even when you're not legally married or have never married the mother of your children. You will have to hire legal representation and file in a court of law to establish an official and...
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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, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. 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, Esq.
Jose M. Rivera Santos, Esq. 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 Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My mother is 60, a man we want to do DNA test is 87 I believe. But his wife and kids refuse to let him do it. How can we

How can we get permission to test him to see if he is my moms dad? He has early Alzheimers but he still recall many things.

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Oct 15, 2020

To the Justia moderator, this is a question about Parents not Patents so the Patents topic should be dropped.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My daughter will be 19 and lives in PR. I'm non-custodial parent. She wants to live with me in FL. Is she an adult now?

Do I need to file a court authorization request?

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Sep 1, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. In Puerto Rico she is still an underaged minor for many legal situations, custody being one of them. The best scenario is for all three to talj it over and then decide. The daughter can petitión the Court for emancipation or intervention on certain family... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: I'm 16 and live in Puerto Rico can I leave without consent?

I'm currently living under to much stress and pressure. With parents that don't try to understand how I feel or change. They can be very toxic and it affects me mentally. Can I leave without consent and stay with friends?

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

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Un Puerto Rico the law states that a person is an under aged minor until the age of twenty-one. Thus being an under aged minor, they are under the custody of an adult. Thus you cannot leave without authorization from your parents or your custodial adult.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Is it legal if I open an account in Vanguard or Fidelity, in USA, and name my son as the only beneficiary? I am married.

In Puerto Rico, the law entitles the spouse to receive as much as the children, the same amount, of an inheritance. Does the money in a bank or invested in the USA count for the inheritance or only the money in Banks in Puerto Rico? I don’t want to do anything illegal. Thank you for your response.

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

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The best way to avoid doing anything illegal is to create a Testament and specify what each inheritor shall get.

If you need additional information please feel free to contact me directly.

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.

Please...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: How can I obtain copies of my court order to pay child support in PR?

I need to confirm a stipulation in my court order which transfers the obligation depending on where my children reside. If I remember correctly, this stipulation was included when my court order was finalized to which my lawyer at the time asked to include because she knew I had every intent to... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jul 29, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. You can find your case file at the Court House where the original case was heard. You should call said Court and verify if your file is physically there or if it has been sent to Central Archíve.

If you need additional information please feel free to...
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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 Medical Malpractice and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My son recently diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is 24. He lived in PR on his own since Jan 2016.

He had been evicted from two apts. Has no family to look out for him in PR. As the Mother I recently went to PR to file a petition to remove him from the apt. He was put in a psychiatric hospital for 1 week and was supposed to cone home to NY with me. After being released he did not want to take... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jul 5, 2020

This question is not a NY question. Since your son is in PR he is subject to the law of PR not NY. You need to speak with an attorney in PR to see what if anything can be done.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: Can a marriage be annulled after 2 years?

My mom got married at 72 and now is in a verbally abusive relationship. She is the income provider of the household and he wants access to her money. She no longer wants to be both him but she is afraid of the repercussions. She is a resident of Puerto Rico but the marriage took place in Maryland.... Read more »

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Jun 29, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. The annulment of a marriage can only be done in the jurisdicción where the marriage Rook place in other words you will need to verify under Maryland laws.

In Puerto Rico she can can get divorced under our laws. If you need additional information please...
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