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In the event that the documents provided are not accepted by the Vermont court due to the fault of 3StepDivorceTM you will be provided a 100% refund (with no handling fee).
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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)
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.
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A total of 91 people have started their divorce through 3StepDivorceTM in the last 24 hours and 919 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 3StepDivorce TM 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 and how to do your own divorce in Vermont . Also, If you have any questions try visiting our Vermont Divorce Online Help Center .
We provide unlimited support for all of our customers. We take great pride in being able to respond to our customers in a "human" to "human" approach (as you can see, we do not hide our toll free number (888) 665-6782). We understand the need a customer may have to talk to a person rather than the typical automated voice or e-mail support system. Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and we do not give out legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding your uncontested divorce in Vermont, we recommend that you contact a lawyer in your area.
In almost all cases, you file for a divorce in the state where you reside. This means that if you are a resident of Vermont, you will file for divorce in Vermont and are governed by Vermont's divorce laws even if you were married, for example, in California.
You must meet Vermont's residency requirement for a court to have jurisdiction over your divorce in VT.
Vermont 3StepDivorce™ works as long as both you and your spouse agree about everything, and both of you are willing to sign the divorce paperwork.
You do not have to sign the papers together, at the same time and place, but the Vermont 3StepDivorce™ requires both spouses to sign.
It sure does. The Vermont 3StepDivorce™ allows you to address all issues regarding children, including but not limited to, physical and legal custody, visitation and support, care, health insurance and tax deductions.
Thousands of people divorce in VT every year without hiring a lawyer.
When spouses cannot agree about the terms and conditions of their divorce, they sometimes end up in court where a judge makes decisions for them. This is called a contested divorce, and hiring a lawyer is a good idea in this case.
When a Vermont divorce case is uncontested and both parties are willing to sign, (when you and you spouse agree about everything) filing your own divorce is a common choice in order to cut down legal expenses. Read about the advantages of filing your own uncontested divorce in Vermont.
The residency requirements for a divorce in Vermont are as follows:
Either spouse must live in Vermont at least six months before the divorce is filed, and either spouse must be a resident for at least one year before the divorce is final
The divorce may be filed in the county where either spouse resides.
Yes. The divorce paperwork requires a signed authentication that you are a resident of Vermont.
This is a state law.
Signing false statements is perjury.
If the court requires proof for some reason, typically a Vermont driver's license or state identification is sufficient. An affidavit of a corroborating witness testifying about your residency also works.
Your spouse does not need to live in Vermont to use 3StepDivorce™. After you have printed all the divorce paperwork, you simply mail the documents to your spouse and he or she signs them. After your spouse returns them, you file in your local county court.
Very often divorcing spouses live in different states.
The grounds for divorce in Vermont are as follows:
No Fault: When a spouse lives apart from his or her spouse for six consecutive months and the court finds that a resumption of marital relations is not reasonably probable.
Fault: 1) adultery, 2) conviction of a crime for three or more years, 3) the "intolerable severity" in either party. 4) Willful desertion for seven or more years, 5) refusal to support, 6) incurable insanity.
Once the divorce paperwork has been filed in court, it takes six months for a divorce to be final. The start to finish time of the divorce may vary depending on the caseload of the court and the availability of judges to sign the final Decree of Divorce.
3StepDivorce™ saves time because all lengthy delivery times are eliminated when you print your documents from your computer. You control revisions and reprintings as necessary.
In Vermont, a divorce hearing is not typically required. If there are children involved, a short hearing may be required, generally about 15 minutes, gives the court an opportunity to make certain that you understand the parameters of custody, visitation and support that are ordered as part of your divorce.
If there are no children, the process in very streamlined. Since you and your spouse are in agreement, there is nothing for the court to decide. Learn more about Vermont divorce court hearings and appearance requirements.
There is no mandatory waiting period is Vermont.
Yes. 3StepDivorce™ includes a protocol for the wife to take back her former or birth name as part of the filing. It is easier to effect a name change during the divorce rather than after the divorce is finalized. Read more about a name change during a divorce in Vermont.
Separate and marital property and debt is identified and addressed in your 3StepDivorce™ account. A series of questions itemizes property and debt, dividing and allocating both according to what you and your spouse have agreed to. The answers become part of the divorce documents, so it is clear to you, your spouse and the court how assets and liabilities have been divided.
Yes. You answer a few questions dealing with individual retirement accounts. You have the option of waiving rights to each other's account(s), or dividing any marital portion of an account by a specific percentage or a dollar amount.
Once again, a few questions inside your account deal with the disposition of the marital home. All possible scenarios are covered -- sale, planned sale, transfer from one spouse to the other, and co-ownership.
A few questions in your account deal with temporary or permanent spousal support. Rights to spousal support may be waived, or a couple can agree to a specific amount for a set period of time. These questions define and limit the parameters of the desired spousal support, which often terminates upon remarriage or cohabitation.
Vermont requires that a support order be put in place for all minor children.
3StepDivorce™ provides the Vermont Child Support Guideline Worksheet, so you can easily calculate the state's recommendation for monthly support, but you have the option of taking these recommendations under advisement. The courts realize that you and your spouse know your situation better than they do, so they may approve any reasonable support amount, even if it is different from the one on the state worksheet.
We provide Vermont Child Support Worksheets inside your account. These worksheets make it very easy to calculate a monthly support amount. The support calculation is based on a number of variables, but the primary one is income.
Once you have calculated the amount, you and your spouse decide if you want to deviate from it and the reasons for doing so.
Yes. Once you and your spouse agree to a monthly child support amount, a judge reviews your decision. He or she will accept it if it seems reasonable. However, if it seems too high or too low, the judge will want an explanation why the two of you came to amount so much at variance from the state guidelines. Your explanation and reasons for it determine whether or not the judge accepts your proposed child support amount.
Vermont permits deviation from its child support guidelines when the court finds that application of the guidelines is unfair to the child or to any of the parties, it may adjust the amount of child support, based on 1) the financial resources of the child; 2) the financial resources of the custodial parent; 3) the standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marital relationship not been discontinued; 4) the physical and emotional condition of the child; 5) the educational needs of the child; (6) the financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent; 7) inflation; 8) 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; 9) extraordinary travel and other travel-related expenses incurred in exercising the right to parent-child contact; and 10) any other factors the court finds relevant.
Yes. Child support can be modified based on a change in circumstances. In Vermont, a change in circumstances means "a significant change in circumstances," generally, changes "not considered when the original judgment was entered" that are "permanent and substantial" and/or "affect one's current standard of living."
Yes. Child custody arrangements can be modified when, for example, they break down because of the conduct of one of the former spouses.
Yes. The terms and conditions of both sole and joint/shared custody are defined by you and your spouse.
Yes. You can either use a standard schedule that we provide in your account, or you can use our option to customize your own.
Yes. Some of the divorce papers need to be notarized. The step-by-step filing instructions explain who signs what and whether a particular document needs to be notarized. The documents requiring notarization contain notary clauses below individual signature lines.
No. If desired, each of you may sign and/or notarize a document at a different time and/or place.
As mentioned, very frequently spouses sign and notarize the documents at different times and places because they live apart in different states. This happens often, for example, when one of them has moved or is in the military.
In Vermont, the divorce papers are filed in the Family Court, _______________ County, which is the local county courthouse, where the Domestic Relations or Family Law department accepts the divorce filing. The divorce documents are submitted to the Clerk of the Courts. You pay a filing fee, and the clerk assigns the case a case number.
In Vermont, the fees vary by county. Roughly the fees range from $75 to $250, depending upon whether or not the divorce action includes a stipulation. If you want to know the exact amount, you can call the courthouse and ask.
Filing fees underwrite the cost of the court system, but in the case of indigent petitioners these fees may be waived.
Normally, an indigent petitioner completes a very short form at the time of filing. This form asks the court to waive the fees because of financial hardship.
Yes. If you have signed up but not filed any divorce papers, then nothing must be done. If you have initiated the action by filing the Complaint for Divorce, your case can be dismissed by petitioning the court to do so. Normally, this can only be done by the filing spouse and must be done in writing.
Often the clerk of the court can help a person remove a case from the court docket.
The Vermont 3StepDivorce™ includes the following documents:
- Vermont Filing Instructions
- Court Information Sheet
- Case Cover Sheet
- Summons (Divorce, Minor Children)
- Notice of Pro Se Appearance
- Original Complaint for Divorce
- Property and Debt Information Sheet
- Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt of Summons and Complaint
- Affidavit of Child Custody
- UCCJEA Information Sheet
- Notice of Appearance, Answer to the Divorce Complaint, and Counterclaim
- Marital Settlement Agreement
- Schedule for Possession of Minor Children
- Financial Affidavit (Plaintiff)
- Financial Affidavit (Defendant)
- Shared Custody Child Support Worksheet Instructions
- Shared Custody Child Support Worksheet
- Shared Custody Child Support Schedule
- Self-Employment and/or Spousal Support Adjustment
- Intact Family Expenditures Table
- Decree of Divorce
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