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Divorce in Vermont

Getting divorced in Vermont is a legally complex process. If you have minor children, are uncomfortable navigating the court system on your own, own significant property or have a lot of debt, or have difficulty communicating with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, considering hiring a divorce attorney to guide you through the process.

Five Things to Know When Getting Divorced in Vermont

Anyone getting divorced in Vermont should spend some time learning about the state's divorce laws and requirements. Here are five important things to know:

  1. Under Vermont divorce law, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. Additionally, before your divorce is finalized, one of you must have been a state resident for at least a year.
  2. Your divorce case officially begins when either you or your spouse files divorce papers in the Vermont Family Court in the county in which one of you resides.
  3. When filing for divorce, you will have to provide a reason (also known as "grounds") for your divorce. Vermont allows several acceptable grounds for divorce, including living apart for at least six months, adultery and imprisonment of one spouse for at least three years. Your divorce attorneys can explain the pros and cons of each option.
  4. In Vermont, marital property—which includes most property that you and your spouse own—will be divided "equitably," but not necessarily divded evenly in half.
  5. If you have minor children, the Family Court will also rule on issues related to child custody (known as "parental rights and responsibilities" in Vermont) and child support as part of your divorce case.

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