Intestate Inheritance Rights for Adopted Children - Virgin Islands

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Birth Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 16, § 146

The birth parents of an adopted child are deprived by a decree of adoption of all legal rights with respect to the child, and the child is freed from all obligations of maintenance and obedience with respect to his or her birth parents.

Adoptive Parents in Relation to Adopted Person

Citation: Ann. Code Tit. 16, § 146

An adopted child is deemed, for the purpose of inheritance, the child of the parent(s) by adoption, except that he or she is prohibited from taking property expressly limited to heirs of the body of the adoptive parent(s) or property from the lineal or collateral kindred of such parent(s) by right of representation.

Adopted Persons Who Are Not Included in a Will

This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed.