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Legal Information: Puerto Rico


December 13, 2019

Can a parent who doesn’t get custody or patria potestad (legal custody) or that is not content with the existing order, change it?

A parent who has been denied custody and patria potestad will have the right to regain custody/patria potestad if they can prove to the court that the other parent has died or that regaining custody or patria potestad is in the best interest of the child.1 Usually, the judges will also decide whether there has been a substantial change to the circumstances since the order was issued.

1 31 L.P.R.A. § 383