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USVI Paternity and Child Support Division Receives High Marks from Federal Regulators

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Justice, Paternity and Child Support Division (PCSD) received high praise from a federal agency for its “Operation Support Our Children” initiative. The recognition came after a federal audit conducted for the 2015 fiscal year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Family, Office… Continue Reading

Factors Influencing Child Support

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
During a divorce, considering the needs of the children is of paramount importance. Making sure kids’ financial, medical, educational and developmental needs are well cared for can be a complex process, and because it’s such an important one, the court will take a variety of factors into consideration in determining an appropriate and achievable child… Continue Reading

Possible Changes on the Way for Divorce Law in U.S. Virgin Islands

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
If a recently approved bill becomes law, it could mean major changes to the division of property during divorce proceedings in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Legislature of the Virgin Islands approved the bill, sponsored by Sen. Nereida “Nellie” Rivera-O’Reilly, which would allow divorce courts to determine the distribution of property acquired during the course… Continue Reading

Tips for Setting Up Fair Time-Sharing and Visitation Schedules

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
Going through a divorce when you have kids involves taking into account numerous factors to make sure your children’s best interests are prioritized. The biggest challenge for many divorcing parents is setting up a fair time-sharing and visitation schedule that works well for everyone involved. Parents are encouraged to come up with this schedule themselves,… Continue Reading

Key Factors When Setting Up Visitation, Time-Sharing Arrangements

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
The process of adjusting to divorce can be challenging enough for children without factoring in the difficulty of adapting to different living arrangements and new locations. It’s important to set up a consistent visitation or time-sharing schedule they can rely on and get comfortable with as quickly as possible. The following are some of the… Continue Reading

Understanding Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
A domestic relations order is any order relating to child support, alimony or martial property rights that is issued in accordance with a state or territory’s domestic relations law. In the context of a divorce settlement, a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO) divides or changes the ownership of an employee’s retirement plan, giving each former… Continue Reading

The Benefits of Using Alternative Dispute Resolution During a Divorce

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
For many people, the process of divorce can seem overwhelming. This is usually because most people associate divorce with drawn-out, expensive litigation. Fortunately, however, there are alternative dispute resolution options available that make it possible to settle a divorce while avoiding the extra cost, stress and time commitment required for court proceedings. For many divorcing… Continue Reading

Modifying a Child Custody Court Order in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
A child custody agreement, usually part of a final divorce decree, includes court-ordered arrangements related to whether parents share custody, if one parent has primary custody and if noncustodial parents have visitation rights. However, we all know that circumstances in our lives can change quickly, and in these situations it may be necessary to seek… Continue Reading

Beware of Facebook Evidence Being Used Against You

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
  CNN recently ran an article titled “Divorce attorneys catching cheaters on Facebook”, in which it featured several attorneys across the nation who have used information posted on Facebook to discredit a party and win their case. In one divorce case, the wife claimed her alcoholic husband was drinking again, but the husband denied it. Then a… Continue Reading

Deadline for Haitians to Apply for Temporary Protected Status Approaching

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues, Immigration
  After the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. government designated Haiti for temporary protected status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. Under section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Secretary is authorized to designate a foreign state for TPS upon finding that such state is experiencing an ongoing armed conflict,… Continue Reading

VI Governor Appoints BoltNagi Attorneys

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues
U.S. Virgin Islands Governor John P. deJongh recently appointed two BoltNagi attorneys to serve on territorial governmental boards. Managing Attorney Tom Bolt has been appointed as a member of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and Laura C. Nagi, Chair of the firm’s Family Law and Children’s Issues Practice Group as a member of the State Advisory… Continue Reading

Law Firm Expands Practice Into Family Law & Children’s Issues

Posted in Family Law & Children's Issues, Government Relations
Tom Bolt, managing partner of Tom Bolt & Associates P.C., a leading Virgin Islands full service law firm, has announced that the firm has expanded its practice to include a family law and children’s issues practice group. Bolt, who serves as chairman of the Children’s Trust of the Virgin Islands, a fund of the Community… Continue Reading