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Family Law

Ms. Douglin handles all legal matters including local and cross border family matters under the Family Law Act Chapter 214 of the Laws of Barbados, the Family Law Rules, the Minors Act Chapter 215 of the Laws of Barbados, the Maintenance Act, Chapter 216 of the Laws of Barbados, the Maintenance Orders (Reciprocal Enforcement), Chapter 217 of the Laws of Barbados, the Adoption Act, Chapter 212 of the Laws of Barbados, the Status of Children Reform Act, Chapter 220 of the Laws of Barbados and all related pieces of subsidiary legislation.


We offer thoughtful services related to sensitive and private matters such as:


  • Dissolution of marriage (divorce),
  • Maintenance (spousal),
  • Property settlement,
  • Prenuptial agreements,
  • Custody of Children,
  • Care and Control of Children,
  • Guardianship of Children,
  • Maintenance (minors and adult dependents),
  • Access to Children,
  • Adoption, and
  • Paternity


A trained Mediator, Ms. Douglin employs mediation and other alternative dispute resolution strategies as a tool to ensure a win-win situation where the needs of all parties are met, with the central and most imperative focus on the needs of the child.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce?

In Barbados, the grounds for obtaining a divorce are as follows, in most cases:


  1. The parties must have been separated for at least one year prior to the commencement of the application for the divorce;
  2. The marriage must have broken down irretrievably;
  3. The Court is satisfied that adequate arrangements are in place for the child/children of the marriage, if any.
How is child custody determined?

The Court looks at the best interests of the child in determining a custody arrangement. The judge considers many factors when deciding custody, including but not limited to:


  1. The age and sex of the child;
  2. Compatibility with each parent;
  3. Ability of each parent to care for and nurture the child.