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Legal Information: Puerto Rico

Custody

Updated: 
December 13, 2019

If a custody or visitation order is already in place, how can I get it changed?

Because an order for custody and visitation is determined based on the best interest of the child, normally it is not permanent. If there is an existing custody or visitation order, it is possible that the court can amend it.1 In order to do so, you have the right to present an application in which you explain to the court the reasons for requesting a the change. Usually the court will evaluate whether:

  • amending the custody and/or visitation order is in the best interest of the minor child; and
  • there has been a significant change in circumstances since the order was issued.1

1 32 L.P.R.A. sec. 3188