How to File For Divorce in Vermont
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- OFFICIAL -

HOW TO FILE FOR DIVORCE IN VERMONT

- STEP BY STEP GUIDE -

STEP 1 - 2 ways to download the required Vermont divorce papers:

Option A - BLANK VERMONT DIVORCE PAPERS

Option B - HAVE DIVORCE PAPERS FILLED IN FOR YOU!

  • $299 Professional Service

STEP 2 - The Spouse that has decided to file for divorce must complete the following forms and be sure to have them filed with the Court Clerk's Office in the County where you reside:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Summons, Complaint, Notice of Appearance, *and 'Affidavit of child custody' if you have minor children
  • Affidavit of Military Service
  • Health Department Vermont Record of Divorce or Annulment
  • Confidential Information Form
  • Pay filing fee with the court.

You may want to call the clerk to see what the filing fee is for your county (See List).

*Be sure to pick up a Proposed Final Order of Divorce (and if you have children the Child Support Worksheet)

STEP 3 - You must SERVE your spouse of the filing by sending copies of the filed documents (above) as well as the following forms:

  • Notice of Acknowledgment of Receipt of Summons and Complaint
  • Answer to Divorce Complaint and notice of Appearance

Your spouse MUST COMPLETE the above 2 forms and have them filed with the clerk's office as soon as possible. Your spouse must also send you copies of the filed documents.

 

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Either party must be a resident of Vermont for at least 6 months.
  • Both spouses will have to be living separate from one another for at least 6 months.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

  • A divorce in Vermont takes a minimum of 5 months

STEP 4 - You should meet with your spouse with copies of your tax returns for the previous 3 years in order to fill out the following forms:

  • Affidavit of Income and Assets
  • *Child Support Worksheet
  • Parental Rights and Responsibilities Agreement
  • Proposed Child Support Order
  • Marital Settlement Agreement
  • Proposed Final Order of Divorce

*IF YOU HAVE MINOR CHILDREN - Ask the clerk about the Parental Education classes you need to complete. The clerk will have a list of credited programs that you will need to get a certificate from after successful completion.

STEP 5 - You can now schedule a court hearing date over the phone with the clerk. You will be given a date and you will need to notify your spouse of the time and day.

STEP 6 - Go to your court hearing with all your filed documents as well as the Final Order of Divorce. If you have successfully completed all the steps, the Judge should authorize your Final Order of Divorce. You and your spouse must sign it as well after the hearing and file itwith the clerk. The clerk will then give you an Acceptance of Servce of Final Order of Divorce which you will sign and return.

After waiting the 'Nisi' period, or 90 days, your divorce will be complete in the State of Vermont.

*NAME CHANGE - If you are seeking to change your name after divorce in Vermont here is guide.

 

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