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Legal Information: Puerto Rico


December 13, 2019

Can I get a temporary custody as a part of a protection from abuse order?

Yes.  When you file for a protection order, you can ask the judge to grant you temporary custody of the minor child.1  Usually, that custody order will be valid for the same period of time that the protection order is valid, which means it may be necessary to file for custody separately in civil court.

For more information about protection orders and what you can ask for in them, please read our section on How can a protection order help me?

1 Vea 8 L.P.R.A. § 621