The Rights of Unmarried Parents - Puerto Rico

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Definitions

Citation: Ann. Laws Tit. 31, § 504

Natural children are those born out of wedlock to parents who, when such children were conceived or were born, could have married with or without dispensation. The natural child may be recognized by the birth parent and other parent conjointly or by one of them only, either in the record of birth or in the testament or in any other public instrument.

The other parent is obliged to recognize the natural child when any of the following apply:

  • There exists an indubitable statement in writing of this other parent wherein they expressly acknowledge their parentage.
  • The child has uninterruptedly enjoyed the condition of a natural child of the defendant other parent, justified by acts of the same other parent or of their family.
  • The birth parent was known to have lived in concubinage with the other parent, both during the pregnancy and at the time of the child's birth.
  • The child may present any authentic evidence of parentage.

Use of Parentage Registries

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Alternate Means to Establish Parentage

Citation: Ann. Laws Tit. 8, § 548

A court of Puerto Rico has jurisdiction in a proceeding brought under this chapter, a law or procedure substantially similar to this chapter, the Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, or the Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act to determine that the petitioner is a parent of a particular child or to determine that a respondent is a parent of that child.

Required Information

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Revocation of Claim to Parentage

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.

Access to Information

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.