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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands


December 7, 2020

What is custody?

Custody in the Virgin Islands is the right and responsibility to care for and control a child. There are two types of custody, physical and legal.

Physical Custody: The right to have the child live in the parent’s or caregiver’s home. The person with physical custody will make the day-to-day decisions for the child. A person with physical custody of a child is also entitled to receive child support from the other parent.

Legal Custody: The right to make the major decisions in the child’s life, such as where the child goes to school, the religion the child practices, etc. A person with legal custody also has legal access to any documents for the child, including medical and school records, and has control of a child’s assets.