The following is a summary of Vermont alimony laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Vermont Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Guidelines for Determining Alimony.

Vermont laws allow the court to order either spouse to make alimony payments, either rehabilitative or permanent in nature, to the other spouse if it finds that the spouse seeking alimony:

  1. Lacks sufficient income, property, or both, including property awarded in the divorce settlement, to provide for his or her reasonable needs; and
  2. Is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment at the standard of living established during the marriage or is the custodian of a child of the parties.

Alimony should be ordered in such amounts and for such periods of time as the court deems just, after considering all relevant factors including, but not limited to:

  1. The financial resources of the party seeking alimony, the property awarded to the party, the party’s ability to meet his or her needs independently, and the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party contains a sum for that party as custodian;
  2. The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment;
  3. The standard of living established during the marriage;
  4. The duration of the marriage;
  5. The age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse;
  6. The ability of the spouse from whom alimony is sought to meet his or her reasonable needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking alimony; and
  7. Inflation with relation to the cost of living.

-From § 752 of the Vermont Statutes.


This information has been summarized from the Vermont statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Vermont divorce statutes online here: Vermont Divorce Laws.




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