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Legal Information: Puerto Rico
Updated: December 13, 2019
What is an order of protection for the welfare and protection of children?
This is a civil court order that is signed by a judge when s/he determines that there is reason to believe that the child has been a victim of abuse or neglect or that s/he is at risk of immediately becoming a victim of abuse or neglect. Taking into account the best interests and safety of the child, the judge can order the parent or person responsible for the abuse to stop any abusive behavior and/or negligent conduct.1
1 See 8 L.P.R.A. §§ 1181-1187
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