Legal Information: Puerto Rico

Custody

Updated: 
January 10, 2017

What is custody and patria potestad (legal custody)?

Physical custody (custodia física) means the physical care and supervision of your children.  In other words, this generally refers to which parent lives with the child on a daily basis.  Custody can be shared, which means that there can be an arrangment where the children spend part of the time with one parent and part with the other.  The custody arrangment can range from the child living with one parent and the other parent only having visitation to the time being divided between the parents on a weekly or monthly basis.* 

Legal custody (patria potestad) means the right to make important decisions for your children, such as the school they attend, what medical treatment they receive and the religious training of your children.*

* See the PR Judicial Website