• Intellectual Property

    We address legal issues surrounding the rights of ownership of ideas, inventions, processes, data, formulas, patents, copyrights, service marks or trademarks, the application and registration of the same and the legal or illegal use of this property.

  • Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Matters

    We recognize that legal proceedings concerning marriage and family are often emotionally difficult and exhausting to face. We simplify the legal process and guide you through every stage with compassion and professionalism.

  • Maritime Law

    We offer legal advice on many aspects of maritime law, including arrest/release of vessels, bills of lading, charter parties, carriage of goods by sea, cargo claims, maritime liens, marine insurance, personal injury and the law of the sea. We also handle the registration/de-registration/change of ownership of vessels, the sale/purchase/mortgage of vessels and we represent clients in High Court litigation.

  • Wills, Probate and Administration

    Unfortunately we can’t predict when death or loss of capacity might occur; it could happen at any time to any of us. It is therefore advisable for every adult to make a will to ensure that their estate ends up where they intend it to after their death.

  • Property Law

    Property Law covers a number of areas ranging from conveyancing to landlord and tenant issues to boundary and other property disputes. 

  • Corporate Law

    The decision to form a company is an important one that should not be made lightly and without legal advice. You may realize, after consultation with a lawyer, that incorporation (that is the formation of a company) is not most suited to your needs. It may be that you wish to simply register a business name.

  • Labour Law

    The Protection of Employment Act 2003 is the Act that addresses the legal rights of employees and governs the relationship between employers and employees in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It repealed the Protection of Employment Act, Chapter 150 of the Laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and makes “further and better provisions for the promotion of the employment relationship”.

  • Commercial Law

    We want to save you the stress and inconvenience of a commercial dispute by advising and assisting you before you embark on your next project or venture, but if you happen to find yourself facing such a conflict later on, we would be happy to help to resolve it, always keeping in mind your interests, objectives and budget.

  • Civil Litigation

    It is a fact of life that disagreements or disputes do occasionally arise. When they do, you may wish to have them resolved by the legal system. However, litigation is a costly and time consuming route to take and as such, we explore all options for settlement before instituting legal proceedings. 

  • Personal Injury

    Personal injuries are difficult, life-altering situations that can leave you frustrated and unsure of where to turn. If you are the victim of an accident and you are injured as a result, you will need to obtain legal advice quickly on the best course of action to take. Without the guidance of an experienced lawyer, you can be overwhelmed. We provide sound, practical and objective advice and give strong and dedicated representation with the aim of maximizing our client’s recovery in the shortest possible time.

Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Matters

Divorce, Matrimonial and Family Matters
(Divorce, Annulment, Ancillary Proceedings, Adoption, Applications for Custody and/or Maintenance, Declarations of Paternity)

We recognize that legal proceedings concerning marriage and family are often emotionally difficult and exhausting to face. We simplify the legal process and guide you through every stage with compassion and professionalism. With a clear understanding of our clients’ needs, we give practical advice that is personally tailored. We aim to resolve these sensitive issues in a civilized manner, if possible by agreement. Notwithstanding, we take strong legal action where necessary and represent our client’s interest with vigor.

Divorce laws vary from country to country. Under the laws of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a person must have been married for a period of not less than three years before a petition for divorce can be presented to the Court. However, a judge may allow the presentation of a petition for divorce before the expiration of three years on the ground of exceptional hardship suffered or of exceptional depravity on the part of the Respondent.

 

The sole ground on which a person may petition for divorce is that the marriage has broken down and cannot be mended. However, in order to show this, the Petitioner must satisfy the Court of at least one of the following:

  • desertion by the Respondent for at least two years immediately before the presentation of the petition;
  • unreasonable behavior, in that the Respondent behaved in such a way that the Petitioner cannot reasonably be expected to live with the Respondent;
  • adultery of the Respondent and the Petitioner finds it unbearable to live with the Respondent;
  • the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least two years immediately before presenting the Petition and there is consent to the divorce by the other party;
  • the parties to the marriage have lived apart for a continuous period of at least five years immediately before presenting the Petition. Consent by the other party is immaterial.  

With respect to adoption, the laws can often be complex and the adoption process overwhelming, time-consuming and frustrating. It is therefore important to know the law and the legal requirements.We handle domestic and international adoptions and have represented adopting families from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as well as from the United States of America. Our experience ensures that we are not only able to handle the standard legal procedures of adopting but also to guide you through the intricacies and vulnerabilities associated with the international adoption process.

Adoption is the assumption of full legal and parental responsibility for a child. Unlike guardianship, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change and requires legal sanction. An adoption order severs all legal ties with the birth family and transfers parental rights to the new adoptive family. The child becomes a full member of the adoptive family, takes their surname and assumes the same rights and privileges as if the child had been born to that family, including the right of inheritance. Adoption is an exciting and can be an emotional decision. Regardless, it is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We will gently guide you through the entire adoption process.

Whether you are considering divorce or separation, are facing other complex matters that can arise upon the breakdown of a relationship, particularly relating to children and finances, or whether you are hoping to build a new family through adoption, we are here to assist you and give you the protection and peace of mind of reputable legal services.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact us.