Legal Information: Virgin Islands, U.S.

Custody

Updated: 
November 23, 2016

What is the difference between sole and joint custody?

Physical and legal custody can either be sole or shared. The legal description of this authority is sole custody or joint. Any combination of the two is possible. Parents or caregivers can have joint physical custody (for example the child spends half the week at one person's house and half the week at the other) or have joint legal custody.

The most common arrangement in the Virgin Islands is for one parent to have sole physical custody and both parents sharing joint legal custody. Generally, the courts favor both parents having maximum contact with the child.