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Vermont Divorce Laws

Each state has unique legal requirements in which a divorce may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your divorce, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a divorce under the grounds you are requesting the divorce to be granted.

In order to file for a divorce or dissolution in Vermont, you must meet residency requirements for the court to accept the case. One person must have been a resident of the state for at least six months. There are also special rules for members of the armed services.

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

Vermont Divorce Laws: At a Glance

The following table outlines the basic divorce laws in Vermont. See Details on State Requirements for DivorceDivorce and Out-of-Court Proceedings: Alternative Dispute Resolution, and An Overview of Fault and No-Fault Divorce Law to learn more.

Code Section

Title 15, Chapter 2, Subsections 2 and 3 of the Vermont Statutes

Residency Requirements

Six months before commencing the action and one year before the final hearing. Two years before commencing an action for grounds of permanent incapacity

Waiting Period


'No-Fault' Grounds for Divorce

Separation (six months)

Defenses to a Divorce Filing


Other Grounds for Divorce

Adultery; intolerable severity; desertion (for seven years); nonsupport; incurable insanity (confined for five years); conviction of crime with imprisonment (for three years)

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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Have the Facts of Your Divorce Case Reviewed

Every divorce in Vermont is different. While there are standard issues that come up in many situations, from alimony and child support to property division, every couple has its own unique set of facts and circumstances. That's why it's important to have a skilled divorce lawyer review your case and represent you in court, should you need to attend a hearing. Start today with a consultation from a Vermont Divorce lawyer.

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