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Vermont Child Custody Laws

Family law matters generally fall under state jurisdiction, including custody. Most U.S. states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which fosters legal cooperation with respect to multi-state custody cases. Vermont child custody laws comply with the Act, while also allowing grandparent visitation rights.

The Vermont Family Court calls child custody and visitation "parental rights and responsibilities." A family law judge will decide the terms of a parenting agreement unless both parents can agree on a custody plan of their own, the written agreement of which can be approved by the court.

This article provides a brief overview of child custody laws in the state of Vermont.

Child Custody Laws in Vermont: At a Glance

The most important concern for the court in deciding on a parenting agreement plan is what is in the best interests of the child. Learn more about Vermont child custody laws in the following table, with links to additional sources. See FindLaw's Child Custody section for additional articles and more state-specific information.

Code Section

 Tit. 15 § 665a. et seq. of the Vermont Statutes

Year Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Adopted

2011

Joint Custody an Option?

Yes Tit. 15 § 665a.

Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?

Yes Tit. 15 § 1011

Child's Own Wishes Considered?

No

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Legal Help with Child Custody

If you and your child's other parent are separating, you might not agree on who gets custody of your child or what the custody arrangement should look like. There are many other factors to consider in these determinations, but the court's primary concern will be the child's own best interests. One of the best ways to get a handle on the process is to seek guidance from an experienced family law attorney.

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