Vermont Family Law

 

Vermont laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute Vermont Domestic Relations Statutes
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period.  
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment  
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA  
b. Property distribution factors  
4. Legal separation?  
a. Waiting period/Separation period 6 months
5. Is mediation required  
6. Forms used Vermont Judiciary Forms - Family Division
7. Alimony guidelines and factors § 752. Maintenance
Alimony formula § 752. Maintenance
a. Types Temporary or rehabilitive
b. Term Limits As the court deems just
Cohabitation Impact of Cohabitation on Alimony in Vermont
c. Imputing income  
d. Change in circumstances § 758. Revision of judgment relating to maintenance
e. Ceases on retirement  
Impute income on early retirement  
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary  
f. Definition of income  
8. Child support factors and guidelines Vermont Child Support Guidelines
9. Child support calculator Vermont Child Support Guidelines
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed?  
11. Valuation  
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Mills v. Mills, 702 A.2d 79 (Vt. 1997)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts Allowed depending on circumstances.
e. Shareholder/partner agreements  
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  Sachs v Sachs, 163 Vt.498, 659 A.2d 678, 680 (1995)
 c. Child support Double dip impermissable even when dealing with child support -Mabee v. Mabee, 159 Vt. 282, 617 A.2d 162 (1992)
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  
 15. Common law  


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