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Do you really need a lawyer?

Your guide to divorce, separation, custody, child support and parentage in Vermont

You or the other party files a Complaint with the Court


The judge signs an Interim Order


The other party is Served


The Case Manager’s Conference is held


The judge holds a Status Conference


A Magistrate holds a Child Support Hearing

Kids 1

The Magistrate issues a Child Support Order

Kids 2

The judge holds a Temporary Hearing


The judge issues a Temporary Order


The judge holds a Final Hearing


The judge issues a Final Order


The Waiting Period (“Nisi”) expires and the divorce is final


The 10 Steps to Getting a Divorce (+2 with Kids)

Getting divorced is not as complicated as you think!

There are just 12 steps - and you may not need all of them.

(Click on any step below to learn more.)

The Steps

Guidance for Your Divorce

Vermont Family Law helps non-lawyers understand and prepare for a divorce, find answers to family law questions, and know what to expect in court at every step in the divorce process.

Do You Really Need a Lawyer?

The truth is, you may not! People get divorced without legal help all the time and you might not need to spend thousands of dollars on a lawyer. This guide to divorce will walk you through the process.

About Tristan 

Tristan Christopher Larson graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003 and practiced law in Boston before returning home to Vermont in 2005. He is a partner at Larson & Gallivan, a small, personal firm in Rutland, Vermont. He represents people in family court matters throughout the state.

Why Am I Doing This?

I started Vermont Family Law because I’m frustrated with the legal system. Family law problems take too long and are too expensive. Courts are clogged with people trying to represent themselves, without the guidance they need to understand the process. It doesn’t have to be this way...



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