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EDUCATE YOURSELF - A GUIDE TO DIVORCE & VERMONT DIVORCE LAWS

Have you wondered where to turn for easy to understand instructions on handling your divorce, custody or child support case in Vermont? Look no further! On these pages you will find explanations of Vermont law, tips for representing yourself in Family Court, and links to other resources. Don’t arrive at court unprepared!

Getting Divorced is Simpler Than it Sounds

The legal world seems complicated. Your divorce seems complicated! It seems like there is so much to keep in mind, so many papers to fill out, so many forms that must be signed and other forms that must be notarized. Perhaps you've been to court already or you are trying to fill out a Complaint to begin preparing for a divorce. You may feel overwhelmed by all these complicated procedures and terms? But it’s simpler than it sounds.

 

There are Only 4 Things That Divorce Does:

  1. Decides Child Custody (referred to as "Parental Responsibilities" in Vermont)

  2. Orders one party to pay Child Support

  3. Divides assets and debts (referred to as "Property Division" in Vermont)

  4. Orders one party to pay Alimony (referred to as "Spousal Maintenance" in Vermont)

 

That doesn't sound all that complicated, does it?

 

Don’t have Kids? Then Your Divorce is Even Simpler!

If you don't have any minor children with the other party, there are only 2 things that the Final Order will do:

  1. Divides assets and debts (referred to as "Property Division" in Vermont)

  2. Orders one party to pay Alimony (referred to as "Spousal Maintenance" in Vermont)

 

Keep This in Mind:

Everything lawyers and judges talk about is related to one of these decisions. Remembering this will help you make sense of the process. And reading through this website will help you understand the lingo.