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Even though the relationship between you and your spouse has changed and you may no longer be living together, until you are legally divorced, you are still married. The legal ramifications of being married vary from state to state, but generally speaking, until you are divorced you and your spouse have certain rights and obligations to one another. In general, until you are divorced not only can you not remarry but also anything you obtain may be subject to a claim of ownership, in whole or in part, by your spouse, and the future ownership of assets and property already obtained may be unclear.
Vermont Divorce Laws (Grounds, Filing Process, Property, Support, Custody)
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Hire a Vermont Divorce Lawyer or MediatorIf your divorce is contested and/or you need legal advice, you will most likely be hiring a divorce Lawyer or Mediator to begin your Vermont divorce proceedings. All it takes is making a phone call to set up an initial consultation, which is often offered free of charge.
Vermont is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the marital estate is divided equitably, not necessarily equally. Title to the property, whether in the names of the husband, the wife, both parties, or a nominee, shall be immaterial, except where equitable distribution can be made without disturbing separate property. In making a property settlement, the court may consider all relevant factors, including but not limited to: the length of the marriage, the contribution by one spouse to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other, the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live there for reasonable periods to the spouse having custody of the children, the party through whom the property was acquired, and the respective merits of the parties.
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