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Vermont Divorce Laws
Vermont Residency Requirements
A complaint for divorce or annulment of marriage may be brought if either party to the marriage has resided within the state for a period of six months or more, but a divorce shall not be decreed for any cause, unless the plaintiff or the defendant has resided in the state one year next preceding the date of final hearing. Temporary absence from the state because of illness, employment without the state, service as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, or other legitimate and bona fide cause, shall not affect the six months' period or the one year period specified in the preceding sentence, provided the person has otherwise retained residence in this state. The divorce may be filed in the county in which either the husband, wife or both reside. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 555)
Vermont Divorce Grounds:
(A) When a married person has lived apart from his or her spouse for six consecutive months and the court finds that the resumption of marital relations is not reasonably probable. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 551 and 555)
Vermont Property and Debt Division
In making a property settlement the court may consider all relevant factors, including but not limited to: (A) the duration of the marriage; (B) the age and health condition of the parties; (C) the occupation, source and amount of income of each of the parties; (D) vocational skills and employability; (E) the contribution by one spouse to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other; (F) the value of all property interests, liabilities, and needs of each party; (G) whether the property settlement is in lieu of or in addition to maintenance; (H) the opportunity of each for future acquisition of capital assets and income; (I) the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live there for reasonable periods to the spouse having custody of the children; (J) the party through whom the property was acquired; (K) the contribution of each spouse in the acquisition of the marital property (L) the respective merits of the parties. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 751)
Vermont Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
When making a support award the court will consider all relevant factors including, but not limited to: (a) the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, the property apportioned to the party, the party's ability to meet his or her needs independently, and the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party contains a sum for that party as custodian; (b) the time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment; (c) the standard of living established during the marriage; (d) the duration of the marriage; (e) the age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse; (f) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her reasonable needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance; and (g) inflation with relation to the cost of living. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 752 and 757)
Vermont Custody and Visitation:
The court shall not apply a preference for one parent over the other because of the sex of the child, the sex of a parent or the financial resources of a parent. The court shall consider at least the following factors when making a custody award: (A) the relationship of the child with each parent and the ability and disposition of each parent to provide the child with love, affection and guidance; (B) the ability and disposition of each parent to assure that the child receives adequate food, clothing, medical care, other material needs and a safe environment; (C) the ability and disposition of each parent to meet the child's present and future developmental needs; (D) the quality of the child's adjustment to the child's present housing, school and community and the potential effect of any change; (E) the ability and disposition of each parent to foster a positive relationship and frequent and continuing contact with the other parent (F) the quality of the child's relationship with the primary care provider, if appropriate given the child's age and development; (G) the relationship of the child with any other person who may significantly affect the child; (H) the ability and disposition of the parents to communicate, cooperate with each other and make joint decisions concerning the children where parental rights and responsibilities are to be shared or divided; and (I) evidence of abuse.The court may order a parent who is awarded responsibility for a certain matter involving a child's welfare to inform the other parent when a major change in that matter occurs. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 664)
Vermont Child Support:
Except in situations where there is shared or split physical custody, the total child support obligation shall be divided between the parents in proportion to their respective available incomes and the noncustodial parent shall be ordered to pay, in money, his or her share of the total support obligation to the custodial parent. The custodial parent shall be presumed to spend his or her share directly on the child. The court may adjust the amount of child support by considering the following factors: (A) the financial resources of the child. (B) the financial resources of the custodial parent. (C) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marital relationship not been discontinued. (D) the physical and emotional condition of the child. (E) the educational needs of the child. (F) the financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent. (G) inflation. (H) the costs of meeting the educational needs of either parent, if the costs are incurred for the purpose of increasing the earning capacity of the parent. (I) extraordinary travel and other travel-related expenses incurred in exercising the right to parent-child contact. (J) any other factors the court finds relevant. Also, If the parties agree, the court may include in the child support order an additional amount designated for the purpose of providing for postsecondary education. (Vermont Statutes - Title 15 - Section 653 through 669, and 757)
Vermont Common Questions
How Do I Know if I Should File in Vermont?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
How Much Are the Vermont Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Vermont?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Vermont?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Vermont?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
Vermont Divorce Forms
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A total of 284 people have started their divorce through 3StepDivorceTM in the last 24 hours and 3257 in the last 10 days. The streamlined and user-friendly process, instant document delivery, and unlimited free support makes us the go-to solution to do your own divorce. Our simple and inexpensive process provides you with all your completed divorce papers in as little as 20 minutes. Instantly access your completed divorce forms after a short online interview. It is that easy, no lengthy completion or delivery times.
This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Vermont. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in court.
With 3StepDivorceTM you can complete and print your Vermont divorce forms (including a marital settlement agreement) instantly. We've created a helpful, step-by-step filing procedures to file your own divorce in Vermont in a timely, professional, and hassle free fashion. The online software is designed to give you full control of your divorce and also avoids the use of third party data entry, thus helping protect your personal information and privacy. If you're not ready to file for divorce in Vermont, learn more about getting your Separation Agreement or learn more about the basics of divorce in Vermont.
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