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What are the procedures to apply for a marriage license?

Both applicants must come in to the Family Division of the Superior Court in the judicial district in which they desire to be married. If any of the applicants were previously married, he or she must bring with them a certified copy of their Divorce Decree. If either applicant is a widow or widower, he or she must bring a certified copy of their spouse's Death Certificate.

There is Hundred Dollar ($100.00) non-refundable application fee which must be paid with the filing of the Marriage Application. There is a non refundable Hundred Dollar ($100.00) application fee, which must be paid when the marriage license is picked up after the eight (8) day period for posting in accordance with 16 V.I. Code Ann. § 37.

For parties who reside off-island and are requesting information to get married in the Virgin Islands, please note that upon calling the Family Division, the clerk will obtain pertinent contact information from you. A Marriage Information Fact, an Application for Marriage License and a License and Certificate of Marriage will be forwarded to you. Applicants arriving from off island should attach a letter with the application detailing the date of their visit, the length of their stay; the date of preference if desirous of having the marriage performed by a judge.

Please note that there is an eight (8) day period of posting of marriage applications, except where previously granted an exemption by the Court.

Are there any blood test or physical examination requirements to be married in the Virgin Islands?

No, there are no requirements for physical examination or blood tests.

How do I file a Domestic Violence Complaint?

There is no fee for filing a Domestic Violence Complaint. The complaint may be filed in any judicial division where the plaintiff resides, the defendant resides, the alleged abuse occurred, or the plaintiff is temporarily located if he or she has left their residence to avoid further abuse. Please visit the family division where a designated family clerk will assist you in completing the necessary forms for the filing of a summons, complaint and answer or other pleading. Once the complaint is completed, it is then taken before the Judge.

How do I file for a divorce?

A petition or complaint for divorce or the dissolution of marriage must be filed with the court with the requisite filing fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00). While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

What do I have to do to file a Change of Name?

The person is advised that a petition for Change of Name or a Petition for correction of people's record must be filed with the court. The filing fee for a petition for change of name or correction of a person’s record is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

How do I file for custody of my children?

All custody cases are confidential. A petition for custody must be filed with the court. Filing fees for petition for private custody cases are Fifty Dollars ($50.00). Custody cases for abuse and neglect are filed through the Virgin Islands Department of Justice. Once a petition for abuse and neglect is filed with the court, a hearing is set within Forty-eight (48) hours. There is no filing fee for abuse and neglect cases filed by the Government. While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however, citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

What do I need to do to file a Petition for adoption?

A petition for adoption must be filed with the Court and the filing fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) must be paid. While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

How do I file for visitation with my children?

The person is advised that he or she must come in to the Family Division of the Superior Court and fill out a petition for visitation. There is a filing fee of Fifty Dollars ($50.00). The person is further advised that he or she must provide the court with an address where the other person could be located for service. Once a petition is filled out, it is taken before the Family Court Judge and a hearing date is set.

Where must I go to file for child support?

You must go to the Virgin Islands Department of Justice-Division of Paternity and Child Support to complete the necessary documents to initiate the process.

In the district of St. Thomas/St. John, the Division of Paternity and Child Support offices are located at 8000 Nisky Center, 2nd Floor, Ste. No. 500. The telephone number is (340) 775-3070.

In the district of St. Croix, the Virgin Islands Department of Justice-Division of Paternity and Child Support is located at RRO 1-249 Estate Glynn. The telephone number is (340) 778-5958.

How do I file to make someone guardian of my child or children?

A Petition for guardianship must be filed with the court. The filing fee for a petition for guardianship is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

How does someone file for the appointment of a guardian for an adult who is incompetent of or unable to handle their affairs?

A Petition for guardianship must be filed with the court. The filing fee for a petition for guardianship is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice. This includes what forms should be used, how to fill the forms out and what legal procedures to follow.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

How do I get a court hearing to place a family member with a mental problem in the hospital or other mental health facility?

You are required to file a Petition for Involuntary Commitment at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital-Psychiatric Unit on the island of St. Thomas and at the Juan F. Luis Hospital-Psychiatric Unit, on the island of St. Croix. Once a person files the petition at the respective hospital, the hospital’s personnel along with the doctors at the Psychiatric Unit will file the petition with the Court. There is no filing fees associated for a petition for Involuntary Commitment.

Once a petition is filed with the Court, a hearing is set within Forty-eight (48) hours. The clerks in the Family Division would ensure that all parties involved in the case are notified of the hearing date.

My minor child was arrested and I was told to come to the Family Division of the court. What do I do?

The minor child will be brought before the judge of the Family Court and advised of his or her rights. An attorney will be appointed to represent the child and the Court will schedule a hearing.

Juvenile complaints are filed by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice. All matters involving juveniles are restricted from public viewing.

If I want to file for a legal separation from my husband what do I have to do?

The person is advised that a Petition of Legal Separation must be filed with the court. The filing fee is Fifty Dollars ($50.00). While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

A party may represent himself or herself, pro se however; citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.

How do I file a paternity case?

The person is advised that a Petition for Legitimation must be filed with the court. The filing fee is Fifty Dollars ($50.00).

While the Court Clerks are committed to providing you with excellent customer service, Virgin Islands law prohibits Court personnel from providing legal advice.

While a party may represent himself or herself, pro se citizens should be advised that doing so without the requisite expertise may result in the loss of claims or preservation of rights. Citizens should consider consulting with a licensed attorney prior to initiating any family matter in order to learn more about what rights, privileges and protections are available to them.


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