Puerto Rico Child Support Questions & Answers

Q: Moving child support and visitations to Texas from Puerto Rico.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Aug 16, 2018
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte's answer
Good afternoon and thank you for using JUSTIA. You must file a motion in court with the evidence and request a hearing on the matter. At the hearing you will need to show that visits with the father in Puerto Rico are emotionaly and psychologicaly damaging to the child and why.

Q: My son dropped out of school this year, he turns 18 in 2 months. Will I still have to pay support in Puerto Rico?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jul 11, 2018
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte's answer
Good morning and thank you for using JUSTIA. Under local Puerto Rico Law a child is a minor until the age of 21. The law requires payment of child support until the age of 21 and until the court issues order to end payments even if he is no longer a student. Student status has nothing to do with the obligation to pay child support for minor children. Once your child turns 21 you must submit a motion to the court requesting order to halt child support payments.

However if he begins to...

Q: I'm from Puerto Rico and I pay child support for my 22yr that finish 4yr of college, do I still pay if he keeps studying

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jun 14, 2018
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte's answer
Good evening and thank you for using JUSTIA. If there is a court order and you son will continue to study then yes until he is 25 years old. If he will not continue to study then you will need to file a motion to the court asking for termination order. You must continue to pay until court terminates the order.

Q: Would ASUME be paid by grandparents when the absent parent lives at home with their parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jun 11, 2018
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte's answer
Good evening and thank you for using Justia. Your children should be receiving benefits from the VA since the father is getting benefits. Grandparents are a secondary payee but only if the principle parent in unable to pay. You should contact the VA for payment of child support.

Q: What are the rights of the father when your child was born out of marriage? Who would have the custody ?In Puerto Rico .

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Naomi Jusino's answer
Dear reader:

In Puerto Rico a child born outside a marriage has the same rights as one born during marriage.

The legal custody is established by the court.

Q: My son is 25 years and he doesn't have a job but he needs to pay Child support. Am I responsible to pay childsupport?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Jan 22, 2018
Bari Weinberger's answer
Thank you for your question. No, you would not be responsible for pay your son’s child support obligation. I strongly suggest that your son contact a family law attorney that would be able to give him advice and devise a plan in order to request a reduction of child support.

Q: Where does child support goes to the state or the mom in puerto rico if I start paying childsupport & I'm behind 4000

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Dec 21, 2017
Naomi Jusino's answer
Hi,

All the money for alimony is deposited in a child support (ASUME) account in Puerto Rico and it goes directly to the mother or father with custody of the child.

Q: I been living in PR since Nov. w/my daughter. My ex lives in FL & is wanting to file divorce would he have to file here?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Feb 28, 2017
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
November was about three months ago. Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which is the law in Florida, the courts of this state have jurisdiction to award custody, because the child has not been in Puerto Rico for at least six months. Puerto Rico has not adopted the UCCJEA.

So it's possible that the Florida court could order you to return the child to Florida.

I suggest that you find an attorney in PR who is also admitted to practice in Florida.

Q: Can someone that receives child support from Ohio but lives in Puerto Rico also receive public assistance?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Public Benefits for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Aug 4, 2016
Peter Munsing's answer
Assuming PR public assistance knows and they meet the ADC guidelines, no reason why not--plenty of parents are in that situation.

Q: What are my option for requesting Back pay for child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Puerto Rico on
Answered on Nov 29, 2012
Lcdo. IVAN M ALERS's answer
In Puerto Rico, the child support is due since it was requested at ASUME or in the court with jurisdiction. If a child support amount is due, and the child is still a minor, you must sue the debtor demanding the payment in the forum where the child support was established. However, in general, you will only have the right to request a back pay of the amount due for the previous five years since the child became an adult. If you never made a child support petition, you can't request a back...

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