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Legal Information: U.S. Virgin Islands

Statutes: Virgin Islands, U.S.

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Updated: 
December 2, 2019

106. Divorce; jurisdiction of court

(a) In an action for the dissolution of the marriage contract or for a legal separation the plaintiff therein must be an inhabitant of the Virgin Islands who is domiciled therein at the commencement of the action and who has resided therein continuously and uninterruptedly for at least six weeks prior thereto, which residence shall be sufficient to give the court jurisdiction without regard to the place where the marriage was solemnized or the cause of action arose. Evidence of the six weeks residence as aforesaid shall be presumptive proof of domicile.

(b) For the purposes of this section, any person who is serving with the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force or the Merchant Marines, and who was a resident of the Virgin Islands at the time of his entry into military service or the Merchant Marines, shall be deemed to have continuously resided in this territory during the time he is serving with the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines.