Matrimonial law matters should be handled with the utmost degree of sensitivity and compassion. Filing for divorce, negotiating a Separation Agreement, or working out the logistics of a child custody arrangement can be overwhelming as a family deals with the emotional fallout of such serious decisions. One of the best resources that a spouse or parent can fall back on during these times is a dependable, experienced attorney to guide him or her through the complex landscape of the Puerto Rico legal system. Salichs Pou & Associates provides the following sevices:
Puerto Rico allows couples to enter into a contract only before marriage. This contract set forth each party's financial responsibilities during their marriage. Our firm handles the negotiation and drafting of the pre-nuptial agreement. Whether or not you have significant assets, our lawyers can help you decide if an agreement is the right decision for your particular situation.
Divorce is the legal dissolution of a marriage. The process demoralizes the human spirit. You will experience emotional, physical, financial, and legal problems. Our firm will provide you with the legal assistance during the process.
Child Custody, Relocation and Parenting Schedules (Visitation)
Custody refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of caring for a child. After a hearing, the court will make custody arrangements based on what is in the child's best interests. This may include shared legal and/or physical custody, or sole custody. If one parent is granted sole or primary custody, the other parent is encouraged to schedule regular contact with the child, which can be outlined in a parenting schedule. Divorce is a process of disolving a commitment between parents. The partent-child relationship is not a legal bond. The parent-child relationship is unique and without the proper arrangement it could be severely damage. One of the challenges in divorce proceedings is the creation of custodial and parenting arrangements that works the needs of the child and foments an amicable relationship between the parents. A custodial arrangement in which both parents are committed to support a co-parentting link is critical for the best interest of your children and the future of your family.
Parents are required to financially support their children until the age of 21 even after a divorce or separation (unless the child is emancipated, marries, or joins the military). Based on custodial arrangements and the finances of each parent, the court will decide whether the non-custodial parent is responsible for making child support payments to the other parent.
Adoption is the process of assuming the parental rights and responsibilities of a non-biological child. Couples or an individual may choose to adopt through an agency or a private adoption. When a child is adopted, the biological parent(s)' legal rights are either surrendered or terminated. A stepparent may also adopt a child under certain circumstances.