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Know the Laws: U.S. Virgin Islands

UPDATED November 23, 2016

State Divorce Information

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Information about divorce in the U.S. Virgin Islands is below.

back to topWhat are the grounds for divorce in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

To get a divorce (or become legally separated) in the U.S. Virgin Islands, you must show that there has been a breakdown of the marriage and the marriage can no longer be preserved.*

* 16 V.I.C. § 104

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back to topWhat are the residency requirements to get a divorce in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

The spouse filing for divorce (or legal separation) must reside in the U.S. Virgin Islands for at least six continuous weeks prior to beginning the legal action.  In addition, this spouse must reside in the U.S. Virgin Islands at the time s/he files for divorce.  It does not matter where the parties were married.*

* 16 V.I.C. § 106(a)

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back to topWhat temporary orders can a judge issue while I am in the process of getting a divorce in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

After you begin court proceedings but before the divorce is finalized, a judge can issue the following orders:

  • you or your spouse must pay child support while the divorce is pending;
  • if you are financially needy, your spouse must pay you the money that you need either to pursue or defend the divorce action;
  • if your spouse is financially needy, you must pay the money that s/he needs either to pursue or defend the divorce action; and
  • you and/or your spouse must not dispose of (get rid of) any property while the divorce is pending.*
* 16 V.I.C. § 108

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back to topWhere can I find additional information about divorce in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

The Superior Court of the Virgin Islands has answers to frequently asked questions about a number of family law issues, including how to file for a divorce.

WomensLaw.org is unrelated to the above organization and cannot vouch for the accuracy of its site.  We provide this link for your information only.

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