Case Caption: Barry J. Bradford (Appellant/Defendant) vs. Gayle E. Cramer (Appellee/Plaintiff)Case Number: S.Ct.Civ.No. 2009-0087Date: 03/18/2011Author: Hodge, Rhys S. Citation: Summary:

The Court holds that based on the testimony of the parties at trial, there was sufficient evidence to support the Family Court's decision to award Cramer $6,000 to help liquidate the parties' credit card debts. Further, the Family Court's Order requiring Bradford to pay alimony to Cramer in the amount of $1,500 is not void for failing to specify the frequency of these payments because 16 V.I.C. § 347 dictates that "[p]ayments for support shall be made monthly." The Family Court's failure to follow the Child Support Guidelines in calculating Bradford's monthly child support obligation, however, requires that the child support award be vacated and the issue of child support be remanded to the Family Court for a determination under the Child Support Guidelines. Finally, the Court holds that the Family Court's Order requiring Bradford to provide Cramer and C.B. with rent free housing at No. 85 Miss Bea Road must also be vacated because the Family Court exceeded its jurisdictional authority.

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