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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands


December 7, 2020

Can I get custody in a restraining order proceeding?

Virgin Islands law allows a victim of domestic violence to request temporary custody of a child through a restraining order. The abused person should file a complaint for a restraining order with the Family Division of the Territorial Court and request temporary custody and child support. At the restraining order hearing, the court may grant custody, child support, and determine visitation for the period of time that the restraining order is in effect, which is usually up to 2 years.1

1 VI ST T. 16 § 98(b)(4),(d)